Class will meet on Mondays, 6:30-9:00PM, in 3410 James. In addition to class meetings, students are invited to meet regularly with Professor Shortell outside of class to discuss the assignments and to prepare for the exam.

Our text will be The R Book by Michael J. Crawley [ISBN 978-0-470-97392-9; also available as an ebook, 978-1-118-44896-0]. I've also prepared an online primer, An Introduction to Data Analysis & Presentation, to help you learn the material. (Please note that we will be using the same textbook for SOCY 7113.)

Read the textbook and online material before the class meeting in which we will begin discussing it; journal articles may be obtained using the citation databases on the BC Library website.

We will be using an open source statistical programming language, R, to do data analysis in this class. R is free and you can install it on your own computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) if you wish. The link to the R project site includes an online users guide. If you have a laptop and would like help installing R, bring your computer to office hours and I would be happy to assist you.


1) Introduction to the course. Read Introduction, Methodological Issues

2) Measurement, Data, and an introduction to R; Read chs 1-2.

3) Sampling. Read chs 3-4.

4) Graphing; read ch 5

5) Measures of Central Tendency and Measures of Variability, Probability, Odds; read chs 6-7.

For this section, also read Jacobs, J. A. 1996. Gender Inequality and Higher Education. Annual Review of Sociology 22:153-185; and Massoni, K. 2004. Modeling Work: Occupational Messages in Seventeen Magazine. Gender & Society. 18(1):47-65.

Examination 1. Due at the beginning of class on Tuesday 10/15.

Class this week meets on Tuesday, 10/15 (conversion day) 6) The Normal Curve, Sampling Distributions and The Confidence Interval; read ch 8.

7) Hypotheses Testing with Means, Categorical Data, an Introduction to Statistical Modeling; read chs 9, 15.

8) Analysis of Variance; read ch 11.

9) Factorial ANOVA, Analysis of Covariance; read ch 12.

For this section, also read Stockard, J. and R. M. O'Brien (2002) Cohort Variations and Changes in Age-Specific Suicide Rates over Time. Social Forces. 81(2):605-42; and, Langford, T. and N. J. Mackinnon. (2000) The Affective Bases for the Gendering of Traits. Social Psychology Quarterly. 63(1):34-48; Ridgeway, C. L., et al. (1998) How Do Status Beliefs Develop? The Role of Resources and Interactional Experience. American Sociological Review. 63(3): 331-350.

Examination 2. Due by the start of class on Monday, 11/11.

10) Correlation Coefficients and Linear Regression, Multiple Linear Regression; read ch 10.

11) More on Linear Regression.

12) Logistic Regression; read ch 17. (Read also R Tutorial: Logistic Regression).

13) More on Logistic Regression.

For this section, also read Granberg, E. M., et al. (2009) Body Size and Social Self-Image Among Adolescent African American Girls. Youth & Society. 41(2): 256-277; and, Hogan, P. F., and R. Furst Seifert. (2009) Marriage and the Military: Evidence That Those Who Serve Marry Earlier and Divorce Earlier. Armed Forces and Society. XX(X): 1-19.

Examination 3. Due by the start of class on Monday, 12/9.

14) More on Linear Models; read ch 13.

@ 15) Summary and Review for Final Examination. Due by 10PM on Monday, 12/23.