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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
MS&E 135
Networks
Ugander, J., Choi, J., Awadelkarim, A., Zanotti, G.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
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
MS&E 256
Technology Assessment and Regulation of Medical Devices (BIOE 256)
Pietzsch, J., Spencer, M.
2020-2021 Spring
Friday
10:00am - 11:50am
Remote
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
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
MUSIC 220A
Fundamentals of Computer-Generated Sound
Chafe, C., Choi, H.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
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
MUSIC 257
Neuroplasticity and Musical Gaming
Crum, P., Noufi, C., Crum, P., Noufi, C.
2020-2021 Spring
Friday
10:30am - 12:20pm
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
POLISCI 150A
Data Science for Politics (POLISCI 355A)
Xu, Y.
2020-2021 Summer
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
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
PUBLPOL 353A
Science and Technology Policy
Windham, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
SOC 114
Economic Sociology (SOC 214)
Granovetter, M.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
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
SOC 180B
Introduction to Data Analysis (CSRE 180B, SOC 280B)
Jackson, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
STATS 191
Introduction to Applied Statistics
MacKay, M., Ghosh, S., Zhang, J., Walther, G.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
STATS 60
Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus (PSYCH 10, STATS 160)
Feldman, M., Xu, H., Dey, A., Jing, A., Jeong, Y., Walther, G.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
STATS 60
Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus (PSYCH 10, STATS 160)
Poldrack, R., Moser, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
STATS 60
Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus (PSYCH 10, STATS 160)
Jain, V., Feldman, M., Li, H., Chen, Z., Ghandwani, D., Jeong, Y.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
STATS 60
Introduction to Statistical Methods: Precalculus (PSYCH 10, STATS 160)
Gupta, S.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
STS 191W
Doing STS: Introduction to Research
Brito, E., Sato, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:20am
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
STS 51A
Race in Science (AFRICAAM 51A, CEE 151A, COMM 51A, CSRE 51A, HUMBIO 71A)
Reid, J., Edwards, P.
2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
STS 51B
Race in Technology (AFRICAAM 51B, BIOE 91B, CEE 151B, COMM 51B, CSRE 51B, HUMBIO 71B)
Reid, J., Edwards, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
STS 51C
Race in Medicine (AFRICAAM 51C, BIOE 91C, CEE 151C, CSRE 51C, HUMBIO 71C)
Reid, J., Edwards, P.
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
SYMSYS 1
Minds and Machines (CS 24, LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, PSYCH 35, SYMSYS 200)
Frank, M., Kornberg, J., Wallack, E., Yoon, E., Qing, C., Han, J., Hu, X., Kenney, W., Shacklette, D., Lassiter, D.
2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote
SYMSYS 1
Minds and Machines (CS 24, LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, PSYCH 35, SYMSYS 200)
Mitchell, J., Ahmed, H., Yoon, E., Turman, J., Han, J., Karra, M., Regan, S., Shacklette, D., Goodman, N.
2020-2021 Winter
Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
SYMSYS 1
Minds and Machines (CS 24, LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, PSYCH 35, SYMSYS 200)
Yoon, E.
2020-2021 Summer
Friday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
SYMSYS 1
Minds and Machines (CS 24, LINGUIST 35, PHIL 99, PSYCH 35, SYMSYS 200)
Gottlieb, D.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
SYMSYS 245
Cognition in Interaction Design
Shrager, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:20pm
Remote

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