Advanced Statistics (Graduate Level)
This course introduces students to complex experimental and non-experimental research designs. Students are introduced to advanced statistical modeling for analyzing such designs, including mixed-effect linear models and structural equation models. Students apply these methods to their own projects and present the results to the class.
Introduction to New Statistics (Graduate Level)
In light of the replication crises in the social sciences, professional associations and top journals are moving away from a data-analytic approach based solely on Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (e.g., p-values) to one based on estimation. This course introduces both the theory and practice of this “new” statistics. Students learn to think about research questions in terms of parameter estimation, effect sizes, and confidence intervals. They also learn to recognize valid insights in published research, based on the pattern of reported results.
Data Analysis with R (Graduate Level)
R is powerful programming language that has become the most popular statistics package among academics. In this project-based course, students work on their own data and gain hands-on experience using R for data import, wrangling, cleaning, visualizing, and modeling (incl. descriptive and inferential statistics).
History and Politics of Terrorism (Graduate Level, Online)
Terrorism is not a novel phenomenon. This course covers the history and political meanings of terrorism from the Ancient World to the Middle Ages; its 19th century history in Europe and America; its re-emergence after World War II and its relation to the postcolonial world; its history from the 1970s to the 1990s; and the new wave of terrorism by Al-Qaeda and its offshoots.
Terrorism and Apocalyptic Violence (Graduate Level, Online)
Most cultures throughout history entertained some apocalyptic notions, namely that the ‘end of times’ or the ‘end of the world’ is near - we are no exception. Apocalyptic notions tend to appear in times of social distress, including man-made or natural disasters (e.g. wars, earthquakes). The course examines the complex relationship between apocalyptic notions and political unrest, aggression and violence, culminating in modern examples around climate and demographic change.