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SSPS4102: Data Analytics in the Social Sciences

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 somust 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 presenting, communicating, and analysing data, including data visualisation and pattern discovery.

Code SSPS4102
Academic unit Social and Political Sciences
Credit points 6
144 credit points and (FASS3999 or FASS3333 or equivalent)
Assumed knowledge:
Successful completion of an Arts major.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Find, clean, and analyse data from diverse sources.
  • LO2. Produce meaningful data visualisations.
  • LO3. Demonstrate understanding of how data analysis enables social scientists to address social science problems.
  • LO4. Demonstrate understanding of how new data sources have expanded the power of social sciences.