This course will attempt to build on elementary knowledge of statistics provided in the first year of the degree programme and to apply these tools to a specified range of topics. The course is divided into three phases. The first will be devoted to reviewing the methodological underpinnings of empirical research in the social sciences and in‐depth review of published research relating to the specified range of topics. The second will involve the use of statistical computing procedures to analyze data. The third phase will be devoted to supervising projects.