SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research

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Term 2

This module is for students with no prior knowledge of quantitative methods used in social research. Students will learn basic quantitative techniques used in social research and conduct the corresponding analyses using the R statistical package, as well as recognise applications of basic quantitative methods in social science journal articles. The topics covered will be: descriptive statistics; graphs; hypothesis testing for sample means and proportions; two-way and three-way tables; simple linear regression; multiple linear regression; and binary logistic regression.


  • Two-hour lecture per week
  • 90 minute tutorial per week

Method of assessment

The assessment is a series of graded online statistical exercises spread through the entire module, a couple of weeks apart. Each test focuses on a specific topic and has a weight towards the final grade.


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