Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Workshop 4

Embedding Quantitative Methods in the Undergraduate Curriculum (Part 2 of 2)

Overview

The fourth workshop in the series, which took place at Aston University on 25th-26th March 2013, continues on from Workshop 2, where we explored and discussed strategies for embedding quantitative methods (QM) into the wider undergraduate (UG) curriculum.

Most substantive modules in our UG social sciences degrees primarily draw on ethnographic and qualitative research. Studies using quantitative research only get a fleeting mention if at all.

Even if and when they make it on to the reading list, students are often advised ‘not to worry about the statistics’, and ‘just focus on the conclusion’. As a result, students are unable to develop an understanding of substantive research using quantitative approaches and the ability to ask interesting research questions applying quantitative methods

Second year UG modules on political sociology, migration, ‘race’ and ethnicity, and equality and diversity were considered as examples to demonstrate how this can be achieved.

Speakers

Prof. Michael Hout, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Prof. Marc Swyngedouw, Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven;
Dr. Tim Grant and Dr. Urzula Clark, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University

For speaker biographies please click here.

Download materials from the workshop by clicking here.

Resources

To download all the martials from the workshop please click the Workshop Materials button. Download individual resources using the table below. 

Speaker

Title

Downloads

Alex Sutherland

Testing, testing: Trials and Tribulations of Setting Statistics Assessments Outside of Exams

Presentation

Video

Marc Swyngedouw

Embedding QM in Political Sociology

Presentation

Video

Marc Swyngedouw

 Embedding QM in Urban Sociology

Presentation

Video

Mike Hout

Embedding QM in Returns to Education

Presentation

Video

Mike Hout 

Embedding QM in Sociology of Religion

Presentation

Video

Tim Grant and Urzula Clark

“I’ve not got a maths brain” - Challenges and successes in embedding QM
learning in a linguistics syllabus.

 

Video