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Ice Cream Sales Don’t Cause Shark Attacks: Debunking Pseudoscience and Conducting Good Research

SOC 118D
3 units
June 26 - August 19, 2017
Section 1   T, TH  1:30PM - 2:50PM

Conducting good research requires careful design and analysis, but much of the research we consume from media and political outlets often presents spurious correlations as causal relationships. What do we need to do and why to rule out spuriousness? The focus will be on using our intuition about what information we would need to properly answer questions about social life. We will find that apparently complicated statistical tests are simply following the same logic necessary to reach conclusions about social science’s most interesting questions.

 

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SOC 118D_2017