Our lives are increasingly shaped by data, not only from official government agencies but from diverse sources in our social world. As the sources, form and content of data diversify so must the social science techniques for analysing and using that data. This unit of study focuses on the world of big data. It equips students with an understanding of how the emergence of big data has expanded the power and scope of the social sciences and of how to make use of big data for social science purposes. It introduces some key techniques for analysing, presenting and communicating big data, including data scraping, record linkage, data storage and data visualization.
1x1000wd Short essay (20%), 1x1500wd Data visualization and communication exercise (40%), 1x2000wd Big data analysis exercise (40%)
36 credits points towards a major in a relevant subject area in the social sciences or humanities
ANTH3998 or ANTH3999 or CRIM3998 or CRIM3999 or ECOP3998 or ECOP3999 or GOVT3898 or GOVT3900 or SCLG3998 or SCLG3999 or SLSS3998 or SLSS3999