What you'll learn on this online course

Utilizing big data is becoming increasingly important in social research, but it brings an array of ethical challenges and research design elements to consider. On this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the emerging field of social data science and take your first steps intro the big data-driven approach to research, learning from recent examples of social data science publications and projects.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between empirical research, theory generation and testing

  • Define and formulate research problems, questions and hypotheses to be tested

  • Understand the rationale for using qualitative or quantitative research methods and the integrated or complementary nature between different methods in mixed methods research designs

  • Understand different forms of sampling, sampling error, and case selection, and their potential implications when interpreting findings

  • Apply concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability, and replicability

  • Understand ethical aspects of social data science and how to cope with them

3 - 6 hours to learn
3 months access


$[[price]] USD

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