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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.

 

Title Notes Quarter Day, Time, Location
CS 109
Introduction to Probability for Computer Scientists
Gianitsos, T., Tsun, A.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday Friday
5:30pm - 6:50pm
Remote
CS 110
Principles of Computer Systems
Cain, J., Jiang, R., Jung, R., Jones, R., Hofmann-Coyle, E., Radzihovsky, M., DeMichele, P., Gabor, C., Shafi, S.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 110
Principles of Computer Systems
Jung, R., Troccoli, N., Eberhardt, R., Rossman, T., Hofmann-Coyle, E., Sawhney, A., DeMichele, P., Comly, N., Shafi, S., Gregg, C.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 110
Principles of Computer Systems
Cain, J., Cyrus, R.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 110
Principles of Computer Systems
Eberhardt, R.
2020-2021 Summer
CS 147
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design
Landay, J., Kelley, C., AbuHashem, A., Inouye, K., Ding, V., Zheng, K., Nicandro, V., Surani, M., Kuo, T., Liu, Z.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
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 206
Exploring Computational Journalism (COMM 281)
Agrawala, M., Leake, M., Tumgoren, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
CS 223A
Introduction to Robotics (ME 320)
Devmalya, C., Chong, W., Piedra, A., Guo, W., Yuan, S., Khatib, O.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
CS 224W
Machine Learning with Graphs
Leskovec, J., Ying, R., Gomes Selman, J., You, J., Hu, W., Tian, J., Zhang, Z., Garg, D., Sharp, N.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CS 225A
Experimental Robotics
Chong, W., Piedra, A., Khatib, O.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 225A
Experimental Robotics
Chong, W., Khatib, O.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 347
Human-Computer Interaction: Foundations and Frontiers
Abtahi, P., Metaxa, D.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote
CSRE 180S
The Black Music 1980s: Turntables, Beat Machines and DJ Scholarship (AFRICAAM 180S)
2020-2021 Winter
CSRE 230
Law, Order, & Algorithms (CS 209, MS&E 330, SOC 279)
Goel, S., Lin, Z., Nyarko, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
ECON 102A
Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
McKeon, S., Hong, H., Caratelli, D., Zempleni, R., Yany Anich, A., Cao, Y., Qiu, X.
2020-2021 Autumn
Remote
ECON 102A
Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
McKeon, S., Caratelli, D., Goke, S., Cao, Y., Qiu, X., Romano, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
ECON 102A
Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
McKeon, S., Hong, H., Imbens, G.
2020-2021 Summer
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
EE 102A
Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
2020-2021 Summer
EE 102A
Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
2020-2021 Winter
EE 102A
Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
Kahn, J., Srinivas, H., Chen, E.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
EE 102A
Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
EE 108
Digital System Design
2020-2021 Autumn
EE 108
Digital System Design
2020-2021 Winter
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
Mitra, S., Coriz, C., Oduoza, M., Ressmeyer, R., Oran, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
EE 168
Introduction to Digital Image Processing
Shen, L., Zebker, H.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
EE 169
Introduction to Bioimaging
Nishimura, D.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
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
ENERGY 240
Data science for geoscience (EARTHSYS 240, ESS 239, GEOLSCI 240)
Caers, J.
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
ENGLISH 184E
Literary Text Mining
Warner, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
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
HISTORY 203C
History of Ignorance
Proctor, R.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday
8:30am - 11:30am
Remote
HUMBIO 88
Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences
Kurina, L., Shah, J., Tello, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
HUMBIO 89
Introduction to Health Sciences Statistics
Sainani, K., Butchko, J.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
HUMBIO 89
Introduction to Health Sciences Statistics
Butchko, J., Nyathi, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
INTLPOL 221
Politics of Data: Algorithmic Culture, Big Data, and Information Waste
Edwards, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
INTLPOL 321
Fundamentals of Cyber Policy and Security
Huczok, Z., Grotto, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
ME 115A
Introduction to Human Values in Design
Kelley, D., Patel, M., Schmutte, K., Francks, E., SAADI, O., Berry, C.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:50pm
ME 125
Visual Frontiers
Fenton, P., Schooley, E.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 12:20pm
ME 125
Visual Frontiers
Fenton, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
ME 297
Forecasting for Innovators: Exponential Technologies, Tools and Social Transformation
Saffo, P., Benjamin, C.
2020-2021 Winter
Friday
1:00pm - 3:50pm
MS&E 111
Introduction to Optimization (ENGR 62, MS&E 211)
Goel, A., Zhao, G., Song, R., Liu, C., Khullar, P., Xu, X.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
MS&E 111
Introduction to Optimization (ENGR 62, MS&E 211)
Aboumrad, G.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote

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