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The Manchester Q-Step Centre

Year 3 course units

Q-Step units are listed below by Degree, but can usually be taken as options by students from other disciplines too.


Crime Mapping: An Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis

This course unit aims to provide an introduction to the use of geographic information systems for crime analysis and research. It combines the study of theory and research on the social geography of crime with the development of practical skills in the use of geographic information systems and spatial data analysis software.


Quantitative Research Methodology

In this course unit you will gain hands-on experience approaching linguistic data using quantitative and experimental research methods. Topics covered will include basic statistical analysis and hypothesis testing, corpus-based research, fundamental principles of experimental design, and specific experimental paradigms common to linguistic research.


Changing Social Attitudes

This exciting and innovative unit will bring together sociological theory, empirical data, quantitative and qualitative research methods to look at trends in social attitudes in Britain over the past 30 years. You will draw on a wide range of learning materials, sociological theories, high-quality secondary data as well as collecting your own data to interpret, contextualise and analyse trends in British social attitudes over the past three decades. Each week we will discuss a different issue, such as attitudes to ethnicity, social class or the Internet, and look at how attitudes have developed over time.

Social Statistics

Advanced Social Network Analysis

This course unit will teach you approaches that permit you to test if theoretical ideas about social interaction are supported by what people, organisations and countries actually do. The unit is structured around a collection of themes based on such theoretical concepts such as cohesion, embeddedness, homophily, transitivity, the Mathew effect, structural holes, influence, selection. You will examine these both from the perspective of how they structure the network and how these network effects structure behaviour, opinions and beliefs.

Modelling Social Inequality

Based on the central theme of investigating social inequality, this unit introduces the concepts, theory and application of two important statistical modelling techniques in social science: multiple regression and logistic regression. You will also learn related concepts such as social interaction and social distance.

Theory and Method in Demography

This course unit aims to equip you with the basic techniques of demographic analysis and enable you to critically interpret demographic data and analysis. You will be introduced to the range of data used in demographic analysis and will gain a grounding in the theory and principles underlying demographic processes and their measurement.