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SOCY 3319 Living in the Age of Big Data (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

We live in a world where every aspect of our lives, from our commute to shopping habits, from our circle of friends to our heart rate, is used to generate “big data.” In this course we will investigate what big data is, how it is collected and by whom, and the ways in which this data is used to impact our daily lives. We will explore examples of its use in diverse areas like marketing, the sharing economy, and healthcare, and seek to understand both the exciting opportunities and ethical challenges of our new quantified reality.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mehmet Cansoy

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 12-Oct-16