SOS8535 - Advanced statistics and methods in social sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The content of the course varies. It may be given as an overview course, covering several statistical techniques and methods - such as multilevel analysis, panel data analysis or structural equation models - or it may be concentrated on one technique. The course may also link the analytical techniques to advanced rules and aspects of conducting social research, including research designs and data collection/evaluation techniques. Please consult the course coordinator to receive more information about the exact course content of this year.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • achieve insight and understanding into one or more techniques in applied statistical data analysis.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • be able to apply the learned techniques in a practical manner (using Stata and/or R).
  • demonstrate the ability to use one of the analytical techniques addressed during the course in an independent manner through written work.

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures/seminars (full days), normally during one week in the beginning of the semester (often the very first week). The sessions consist of a mix of theory and practice, that is, the presented topics and techniques will be subsequently applied in a practical manner (using Stata and/or R).

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual term paper. The term paper should be an empirical research paper using one of the analytical techniques from the course. It should follow the logic of academic articles (intro, theory, data/methods, analysis/results and conclusion/discussion (plus appendix)) and may have a length of 5600-7500 words.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in Sociology/Political Science or equivalent. Knowledge of basic statistical methods such as OLS and logistic regressions.

Course materials

To announced at the beginning of the course

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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