Statistics and Society

How do numbers and data represent our world?

This course familiarises students with basic statistical tools which they are likely to have encountered at the high-school level, demonstrating their usefulness for a) comprehending media reports on social and economic developments and b) carrying out studies on events and people around us. While learning to use statistical tools is valuable to all literature students, it is particularly useful for students who choose journalism. Furthermore, quantitative tools and data analysis are an emerging specialization in Humanities disciplines. In this course, students will be encouraged to work with literary texts, as well as their readers and their writers, to explore ways in which engagement with literature can be enriched by working with quantitative data.