Social Life in Age of Big Data

Social Life in an Age of Big Data
Until recently, quantitative social science relied on surveys or official statistics. Today, sociologists may link social media profiles to census records or student loan statements. In this course, we will consider some of the insights that such sources and methods of "Big Data" reveal about society. We will also critically examine the ethical dilemmas and cultural consequences of living in a world where many of our actions and interactions can be turned into data. Readings, discussions and occasional applied exercises will introduce students to core sociological topics and develop the tools to consume and engage quantitative social science research. (formerly SOAN 0245) 3 hrs. lect.
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SOCI 0245

All Sections in Spring 2020

Spring 2020

SOCI0245A-S20 Lecture (Lawrence)
SOCI0245Y-S20 Discussion (Lawrence)
SOCI0245Z-S20 Discussion (Lawrence)