# Quantitative Methods

- Quantitative Methods: You couldn't escape if you wanted to.

The aim of the course is to provide the students with basic knowledge about
quantitative methods in the social sciences, though the topical focus will privilege
applications in economic history and international relations. The course will cover
both descriptive statistics (i.e. summarizing and visualizing information) and
inferential statistics (i.e. making statements about a population based on a sample
of it). The major methodological focus will be ordinary least squares (OLS) regression,
the basic workhorse of applied quantitative methods, though the course will take care
to discuss matters of quantitative research design more broadly. Upon completion of the
course, students should be able to read, interpret and assess quantitative research at a
fundamental level. The class will serve as foundation training for a student's ability to
design and perform a quantitative study, e.g., write a master thesis using quantitative methods.