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. 3 hrs. lect.
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SOAN 0245

All Sections in Fall 2018

Fall 2018

SOAN0245A-F18 Lecture (Lawrence)
SOAN0245Y-F18 Discussion (Lawrence)
SOAN0245Z-F18 Discussion (Lawrence)