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33426-01 - Seminar: Quantitative Data Analysis in African Studies 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Elisio Macamo (elisio.macamo@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The seminar is an advanced introduction into quantitative analysis as argument. It starts with a broad overview of basic statistical knowledge by discussing the logical structure that underlies. It is entirely based on the discussion of key challenges posed any form of argument that relies on numbers, namely comparison, representativeness and cause and effect and their articulation with the most widely used tools in inference statistics. The main goal of the seminar is to enhance students’ understanding of how quantitative analysis can be seen as an exercise in robust reasoning. The examples will be drawn mainly from research on Africa.
Lernziele Students know
- that “analysis” is above all an exercise in argumentation;
- how to identify the logical structure of explanations in quantitative analysis;
- how basic argument forms such as comparison and representativeness can be deployed in analysis;
- how to avoid the pitfalls of faulty reasoning such as in “cause and effect”, “ignoring evidence” and “anticipation”;
- how to deploy quantitative analytic tools in the context of Africa.
Literatur Best, Joel 2001: Damned Lies and Statistics – Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians and Activists. Berkeley. University of California Press.
Jerven, Morten 2013: Poor Numbers – How we are misled by African Development Statistics and what to do about it. Ithaca. Cornell University Press.
Bemerkungen This course will be held in early June as a block-Seminar. It is essential that students have read the preparatory reading by then. Further preparatory tasks will be communicated to the participants by the end of march 2019.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 20.02.2019 – 29.05.2019

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Module Modul Methoden der Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Empirische Forschungsmethoden (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Methoden der Soziologie: quantitativ (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Methods for Analyzing Changing Societies (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Research Skills (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Vorbereitung Masterarbeit Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Students are expected to submit regular homework assignments throughout the semester.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien