86382 - Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Not mandatory but recommended course for students who want increase basic knowledge of statistics for social sciences.

Course contents

The course aims at providing the basical concepts of statistical data analysis with focus on the social sciences. At the end of the course, the student will acquire the basic skills to analyse quantitative data and to interpret the results.

More specifically, the course addresses univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, including linear regression, then provides an introduction to statistical inference.


Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th Edition by Alan Agresti and Barbara Finlay. Pearson, 2014.

Contents of the book addressed during the course:

  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 8: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 only
  • Chapter 9: 9.1 to 9.4 only
  • Chapter 4

Teaching methods

Lectures including theory and exercises.

Assessment methods

Written test.

Teaching tools

Lecture slides available in the online material.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Magrini