Summer Session I 2015: Introduction to Data Studies
Businesses, institutions, and governments run on data. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the role of data, data-based jobs, and the value of critical thinking and social science in approaching data in the real world. You will learn computational thinking, business rationales, as well as ways of evaluating, visualizing, and presenting results. Using a case-based approach, it teaches you the four essential concepts and skills necessary to understand and work with data on a day-to-day basis: (1) why data needs to be structured and how to use excel to organize and manipulate files; (2) why data needs to be queried and how to use databases to search and display it; (3) why data needs to be questioned and how to use interviews and ethnography to address stakeholders involved in making decisions about its appropriateness; and (4) why data needs to be cleaned and how to manage files and databases for maximum efficiency. Together, these skills enable you to identify new opportunities from data “assets”, communicate with data scientists and executives, and interpret insights from data analysis.
Spring 2015: Gender, Science, and Social Justice
WMS 148 – TR 12:00-2pm – Wellman 233
Office Hours: 3-4pm – SSH 1246
By studying experimental science, engineering, consumer technologies, and biology, as well as feminist approaches to the discipline of science and technology studies, we will analyze how gender has been central to scientific endeavors. Designed to develop a set of analytical tools with which to interrogate the cultural history of gender and science, the class will examine how science has grown to be the center of our cultural visions and imaginations and what that means for our futures.