Social statistics

Social statistics

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 1st year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Anuška Ferligoj, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

The object of the course is to give an overview of some of contemporary fields of statistics, that are useful in the methodological and statistical part of the doctoral theses. The lectures will be given by local and foreign experts in each selected field.


  • in-depth understanding of theoretical concepts od administrative science and ability to transfer knowledge into practice,
  • ability of thorough, critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complex ideas,
  • capacity for independent construction of new knowledge, skills, techniques and practices through research work.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

The following topics will be presented:

  • Research design and data collection
  • Survey methodology
  • Missing data
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Network analysis
  • Simulation methods for statistical research
  • Time series
  • Data mining
  • Applications of statistical approaches and methods in administration

3.  Readings

  •  W. L. Neuman (2010): Social Reserach Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Boston: Pearson, 7. izdaja, 631 strani.
  • R. Johnson and D. Wichern (2002): Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis, izdaja, Prentice Hall, 773 str.
  • P. J. Carrington, J. Scott, S. Wasserman (2005): Models and Methods in Social Network Analysis. Cambridge University Press, 328 str. (2., 4. in 5. poglavje).

4. Intended learning outcomes

The students will learn wide spectrum of methodological and statistical approaches, which will unable students for critical judgement and selection of appropriate statistical methods for their concrete research problems.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures – selected topics that are the most useful in administration.
  • Other –  essay submition and presentation as part of the course that the student intend to use in his/her disertation.

6. Assessment

Essay - 70%
Presenting the essay - 30%