The primary purpose of this course is to establish the role of statistics and quantitative data in sociological research by focusing on the relationship between theory and empirical research. This is the first course of statistical methods in sociology that covers basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students are presented with an introduction to the use of statistical methods and computer applications in social sciences by focusing on both advantages and limitations of quantitative data in social research. The course also introduces students to elementary techniques of describing, visualizing and reporting quantitative data obtained in social research. Further, the course aims to familiarize students with the basic concepts of statistics like probability and sampling distributions and elementary techniques of statistical analysis of associations between variables.