# Quantitative Studies of Violence in South Africa
30 January – 9 February 2012
Prof. Rajen Govender (Dept of Sociology and CSSR)
Dr. Pedro Wolf (Department of Psychology and CSSR)
assisted by Eduard Grebe (DataFirst)
The CSSR will be hosting a short summer school course in the use of quantitative methods in research on violence in South Africa. The purpose of the course is to introduce basic, intermediate and some advanced topics in quantitative analysis so that students have a richer critical understanding of the methods used in existing studies and some capacity to conduct such analyses themselves. Using recent social scientific studies of violence in South Africa and the datasets used in these publications, the course will focus on understanding how social scientists have and can use quantitative data to identify the levels and causes of South Africa’s high levels of violence. The course will examine neighbourhood- and individual-level datasets. Using the software SPSS, the course will cover the following aspects of quantitative analysis:
* Identifying and defining research questions and setting up research hypotheses;
* Generating statistics for the description of research data and the testing of univariate hypotheses;
* Undertaking bivariate and multivariate inferential analysis using statistical techniques applicable to
both continuous and categorical independent and dependent variables;
* Introduction to advanced multivariate analysis using path analysis and structural equations
In addition to daily class assignments, the main assignment of the course will be the set-up and execution of a short research paper using an identified dataset.
The course lasts nine days, with an optional session for students who are not familiar with SPSS but have used other software such as Stata. The course is offered for free by the Centre for Social Science Research, but students must organise their own accommodation, travel and food.
For more details, [download the flyer and full programme](http://cssr.uct.ac.za/sites/cssr.uct.ac.za/files/CSSR%20Summer%20School%202012%20Flyer.pdf). To apply [visit this page and fill out the application form](/training/summerschool2012).