This course provides a basic introduction to the application and interpretation of statistical analyses in the social sciences. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with a variety of basic statistical techniques that allow you to examine interesting social questions. We will begin by learning how to describe the characteristics of groups. We will then proceed to discuss how we can examine and generalize about relationships between characteristics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting the meaning of statistics that are used to describe and generalize about the characteristics of groups. Last, we will learn how to use one of the computer programs (SPSS) that is widely used to perform statistical analysis.