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Quantitative research methods have a long and important history in the social sciences. Sociologists, criminologists, geographers, educationalists and political scientists amongst a range of others in the Social Sciences need to collect or make use of existing numeric data, make sense of it and use it to answer questions relevant to social and public debate. This course is aimed at postgraduate students in Sociology and cognate disciplines, and will use examples from a range of disciplines. The aims of this module are to:
• Enhance the quantitative capacity of postgraduate students by learning how to develop and apply basic, intermediate and advanced quantitative research skills that are responsive to the needs of social science subject areas and disciplines;
• Raise awareness of the secondary data sources (cross-sectional and longitudinal) that are available to postgraduate students as well as new data collection;
• Boost the skills training social science students receive to enhance their employment and research prospects.