Expanded Catalog Description: This course focuses on the way attitudes, opinions and policies change in the face of collected data, and how this can influence public policy. We will examine several specific examples where bad science drove public policy, and where good science change the world. We will explore the nature of truth and knowledge from both a philosophical and applied point of view, as well as the history of statistics, statistical inference, and the use of statistics in decision making.
Prerequisites: Students in this course should have some knowledge of statistics, preferably by completing their Essential Skill in Statistics. We won’t be doing too much calculation, but you will better understand the reasoning if you understand the vocabulary and structure.
Course Outcomes: See http://salberts.sites.truman.edu/jins-outcomes/
Student Evaluation: Grades are done by contract – See separate handout
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