Faculty of Arts
Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
This course introduces analytical approaches to anthropological data, providing professional skills of particular interest to students considering postgraduate work. The course has several important goals. Students receive hands on practice learning steps necessary to evaluate and analyse data using both non-parametric and parametric statistical techniques. Emphasis is placed on teaching students how to make appropriate statistical decisions as they develop research designs to ask and answer theoretically interesting questions relevant to their sub-discipline.
Important concepts include understanding variable scales, properties of samples, relationships among variables, characteristics of valid statistical inference, probability and sampling, and the relationship between research questions, operational definitions, and methods of data collection and analysis. Students learn to use a statistical software package (eg, SYSTAT v12) to analyse data and effectively portray results in tabular and graphic forms. Although a first year statistics course is useful, an active interest and willingness to work are more important as predictors of success.
Coordinator(s) Dr Bruce Floyd
ANTHRO 309: 15.0 points
ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 203 or 120 points passed