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Social Dynamics of Data and Information Approved Courses

This concentration allows students to study how data, information, and information technology (IT) both shape and are shaped by social action and social change. Students can study anything from human language and writing to computers, social media, “big data,” machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The social shaping of data, information, and IT — by history, law, economics, culture, politics, and government — is one aspect of SDDI. The flip side of social shaping is the way that data, information, and IT transform society, culture, politics, inequality, design, justice, and sustainability.
 
Students in this concentration will learn to analyze data and information as the products of social choices both constrained and created by the costs, limits, and opportunities inherent in technology. For example, students might study racial bias in face recognition systems and criminal sentencing algorithms; computer modeling’s key role in understanding and acting on climate change; or the political transformations wrought by social media. Or they might learn about how “big data” emerged as a side effect of Internet search engines and social media in the 2000s, or how digital computing evolved to serve such needs as the 1890 US Census, atomic weapons development, code-breaking, and weather forecasting.
 
Students will learn to synthesize multiple approaches using STS analytical frameworks and sensibilities, which they cultivate through Major Core and Concentration Core courses.
 

How do I use this course list? Use the Courses menu to the left to select either Core Courses or Concentration Areas. Then use the 'Requirements' filter to identify which courses have been designated Socio-Cultural, Concentration Core (within Socio-Cultural), Technical, WIM and Global. 

A condensed PDF version of our course list is also available to help students plan their curriculum. Please note courses on this list are updated once per year. Please refer directly to ExploreCourses and the STS website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

 

Titlesort descending Notes Quarter Day, Time, Location
MS&E 297
"Hacking for Defense": Solving National Security issues with the Lean Launchpad
Felter, J., Blank, S., Mirda, N., Rincon, V., Weinstein, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
4:30pm - 7:20pm
Remote
CEE 120A
Building Modeling for Design & Construction (CEE 220A)
Katz, G., Lin, D.
2020-2021 Autumn
Remote
CEE 120A
Building Modeling for Design & Construction (CEE 220A)
Katz, G.
2020-2021 Summer
ARTSTUDI 173E
Cell Phone Photography
Peck, S.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
ARTSTUDI 173E
Cell Phone Photography
Peck, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
ARTSTUDI 173E
Cell Phone Photography
Peck, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
EE 101A
Circuits I
2020-2021 Winter
EE 101A
Circuits I
Pop, E., Lin, C., Walter, P., Luz Nunes, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
EE 101A
Circuits I
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
EE 101B
Circuits II
Murmann, B., Alexopoulos, G., Lall, R., Osafo Nkansah, I.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Remote
SYMSYS 245
Cognition in Interaction Design
Shrager, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:20pm
Remote
MUSIC 220B
Compositional Algorithms, Psychoacoustics, and Computational Music
Wang, G., Mulshine, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
MUSIC 254
Computational Music Analysis (CS 275B)
Sapp, C., Selfridge-Field, E.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
CS 107
Computer Organization and Systems
Noyola, T., Troccoli, N., Benson, A., Hadjis, S., Yang, J., Athreya, N., Soffer, L., Iglesias, R., Gokmen, C., Gadgil, S., Hurst, B., Rajan, C., Gaur, A., Gregg, C.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Friday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
CS 107
Computer Organization and Systems
Benson, A.
2020-2021 Summer
CS 107
Computer Organization and Systems
Yan, L., Benson, A., Liu, T., Soffer, L., Iglesias, R., Trost, M., Low, M., Gokmen, C., Gadgil, S., Gupte, S., Hurst, B., Gaur, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 107
Computer Organization and Systems
Troccoli, N., Benson, A., Yip, M., Konz, S., Bucquet, A., Ramjee, S., Low, M., Nair, V., Aggarwal, M., Kula, J., Gokmen, C., Hurst, B., Gaur, A.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
ARTSTUDI 174B
Creativity in the Age of Facebook: Making Art for and from Networks
Odell, J., Elkins, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
ENGLISH 184C
Data and Knowledge in the Humanities
Algee-Hewitt, M.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
ARTSTUDI 168
Data as Material
Ulfeldt, A., Utterback, C.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
ARTSTUDI 168
Data as Material
Ulfeldt, A.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
GEOLSCI 6
Data Science for Geoscience (EARTHSYS 100A)
Caers, J., Wang, L.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
ENERGY 240
Data science for geoscience (EARTHSYS 240, ESS 239, GEOLSCI 240)
Caers, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
POLISCI 150A
Data Science for Politics (POLISCI 355A)
Xu, Y.
2020-2021 Summer
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
POLISCI 150A
Data Science for Politics (POLISCI 355A)
Xu, Y., Allie, F., Thompson, S.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
ARTSTUDI 179
Digital Art I
Odell, J.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
ARTSTUDI 179
Digital Art I
Odell, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
COMM 230A
Digital Civil Society (AFRICAAM 230A, CSRE 230A)
Bernholz, L., Lee, A., Robinson, H., Kim, S., Nothias, T., Anderson, I., Bradshaw, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
COMM 230A
Digital Civil Society (AFRICAAM 230A, CSRE 230A)
Bernholz, L., Lee, A., Kim, S., Nothias, T., Anderson, I., Bradshaw, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
EE 108
Digital System Design
2020-2021 Autumn
EE 108
Digital System Design
Michelogiannakis, G., Vandeleest, S., Ressmeyer, R., Osafo Nkansah, I., de Leon Archila, G., Oran, K.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
EE 108
Digital System Design
2020-2021 Winter
EE 108
Digital System Design
Mitra, S., Coriz, C., Oduoza, M., Ressmeyer, R., Oran, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
EE 180
Digital Systems Architecture
2020-2021 Spring
EE 180
Digital Systems Architecture
Chong, T., Trippel, C., Pendharkar, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
STS 191W
Doing STS: Introduction to Research
Brito, E., Sato, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:20am
Remote
SOC 114
Economic Sociology (SOC 214)
Granovetter, M.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 134
Ethics on the Edge: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Government, and Individuals (PUBLPOL 234)
Kelly, G., O'Keefe, A., Liautaud, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday
8:30am - 10:20am
Remote
CS 182
Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change (COMM 180, ETHICSOC 182, PHIL 82, POLISCI 182, PUBLPOL 182)
Sahami, M., Reich, R., Sheng, J., Cohen, H., Goldstein, E., Patel, N., Sturm, L., Vitko, A., Panchakunathorn, P., Miller, L., Kenney, W., Stowell, C., Lettiere, A., Gupta, A., Haim, A., Weinstein, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 225A
Experimental Robotics
Chong, W., Khatib, O.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 225A
Experimental Robotics
Chong, W., Piedra, A., Khatib, O.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 106E
Exploration of Computing
Wang, N., Chien, G., Young, P.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Remote
CS 206
Exploring Computational Journalism (COMM 281)
Agrawala, M., Leake, M., Tumgoren, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
ME 297
Forecasting for Innovators: Exponential Technologies, Tools and Social Transformation
Saffo, P., Benjamin, C.
2020-2021 Winter
Friday
1:00pm - 3:50pm
SOC 180A
Foundations of Social Research (CSRE 180A, SOC 280A)
Stephens, F., Rosenfeld, M., Kiviat, B.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
MUSIC 220A
Fundamentals of Computer-Generated Sound
Chafe, C., Choi, H.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
MUSIC 220A
Fundamentals of Computer-Generated Sound
Wright, M., Nerness, B., Wang, G., Mulshine, M.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
INTLPOL 321
Fundamentals of Cyber Policy and Security
Huczok, Z., Grotto, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
STS 200N
Funkentelechy: Technologies, Social Justice and Black Vernacular Cultures (AFRICAAM 200N, EDUC 314)
Anderson, I., Banks, A.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
MS&E 184
Future of Work: Issues in Organizational Learning and Design
Valentine, M., Holtkamp, M., Katz, C., Gelauff, L.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:50am
Remote

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