API-205: Politics and Policies: What Can Statistics Tell Us?

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day M/W 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Littauer Bldg 140 (HKS)


Intended for decision makers, this course provides a broad overview of the major concepts of statistics. Includes experimental design, sampling methods, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, and multiple regression. The focus is on critical interpretation, with applications to policy analysis and program evaluation. Using case studies, the course asks what insight data can provide -- and what it cannot -- and compares the perspectives of statistics and ethics.

The mathematical background required is kept to a minimum, though students should be familiar with some algebra and be able to handle data with a calculator and Excel. May not be taken in addition to API-201.

Review Session: Friday 2:45-4:00pm (L140)

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