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Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists

Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists
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What you'll learn


What you'll learn


What you'll learn

You will gain an understanding of data science methods and tools, all from a social science perspective

By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how data science is changing social science 
  • Have knowledge of data science tools used for social science research
  • Understand the value of open-source programming languages, specifically R and Python
  • Know about Jupyter notebooks, a browser-based tool for creating interactive documents with live code
     
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10 hours to learn
3 months access

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Course modules


Course modules


Introduction and overview to data science

How is data science changing social science and statistics?

Ethics in data science

How can we do data science in an ethical manner and what additional ethical challenges do data science techniques have beyond traditional social science methodologies?

Surveys and crowdsourcing data

How can I construct a survey and crowdsource responses, and which free tools can I use to build surveys?

Data science tools

An introduction to some commonly used data science tools: the programming languages R and Python, the version control system Git and the Jupyter Notebook environment.

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Prerequisites


Prerequisites


Prerequisites

 

None, this course is suitable for all. A basic foundation in statistics would be helpful, but it is not essential.

FAQs


FAQs


Will I be learning how to program?

This course will introduce you to Python and R - and discuss the pros and cons of both languages - but it is not intended as a comprehensive programming course. In the final module you have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at programming code. If you find that this inspires you to learn how to code, we recommend our Introduction to R, and Introduction to Python courses.

Do I need to install any software?

Only if you want to! In the final module you have the opportunity to try some coding but this can take place in the JupyterHub. Using the JupyterHub means that all of your programming takes place in your web browser on your computer, tablet, or phone. However, if you wish to install R or Python please do! If you’d like to find out more about Jupyter notebooks, see our blog post “What is a Jupyter Notebook”.

How long will I have access to the course for?

You have access to the course for 3 months. For the first 8 weeks of the course there will be fortnightly video Q&A sessions. In these live sessions you will have the opportunity to ask your instructor questions, or discuss a topic you may be struggling with.

Will I get a certificate?

All of our courses offer a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. You will be able to download this certificate, from the Learning Platform, when you complete the course.

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