Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Social Scientists

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee USD 300

The course is intended to give an introduction to general principles
and techniques of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and their
implementations in a popular SEM software tool, R package lavaan.
The topics covered by the course are confirmatory factor analysis
(CFA), measurement invariance, path models, and structural equation
models. In addition, practical issues of estimation, visualization and
presentation of various types of SEM models are discussed.
Students are assumed to have basic knowledge of statistics and be
familiar with several conventional statistical methods, most
importantly regression analysis. In addition, for practical exercises we
will use R programming environment, so a basic knowledge of R is
desirable. However, it is not a necessary prerequisite, and a short
introduction to R will be given in the beginning of the course.

Course leader

Boris Sokolov, Higher School of Economics, Candidate of Science in
Political Science.

Boris Sokolov is a research fellow at the Laboratory for Comparative
Social Research and lecturer in the Department of Sociology, St.
Petersburg School of Social S

Target group

Master and PhD students in international relations, political science,
and/or sociology.

Course aim

Understanding the basic principles of SEM, the opportunities
which this statistical method offers for comparative social
researchers, and its limitations.
Being able to apply SEM techniques (e.g. factor analysis, path
analysis, measurement invariance testing) to the analysis of
real data sets.
Being able to properly report the results of SEM analysis in
research papers

Fee info

USD 300: The course fee is USD 300 or RUR 18000
RUB 18000: The course fee is USD 300 or RUR 18000


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