Online Master of Arts in Social Technologies
The master’s degree in social technologies is your ticket to understanding data science and social theory. You'll learn how data-driven approaches affect organizations and society as a whole. This knowledge will guide you as you seek to explain the practical, ethical and social dimensions of the issues of data in society.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 11
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 33
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A data science degree for user data
In today’s technology-driven world, there’s a demand for people who have a grounding in the theories and practices of social data science. This knowledge can drive the effective and ethical use of data in social and organizational contexts. The master's program in social technologies prepares a new kind of scholar and practitioner. You'll learn how to critically examine the flows of data in society and use data analytics to glean insights, solve problems or influence social processes.
This social data science degree is ideal for those with a social science background and an interest in social technologies. Students with a technological background who want to understand the social dynamics of technologies may also enjoy this program. The online environment enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in data science and social theory.
Combine data science and ethics
Our social technologies graduate program combines the study of sociology with data science. You’ll gain insight into the effective use of data and technology to better understand society and the ethics of using data. You’ll be prepared to connect data science with organizational needs, such as specifying the ways in which data can help solve problems and anticipating how it may cause new problems. Corporate giants collect a massive amount of data on individuals. You’ll learn how to hold these corporate giants accountable with the ethical use of such data.
The curriculum for the master’s degree in social technology examines theory, research and application of social data science. In theory courses, you’ll examine the nature of social data. The research courses train you to engage in computational social science, using big data to understand social issues. In application-oriented courses, you’ll have the opportunity to apply these skills to model and real-world problems. This includes working as a team with an external organization during the capstone project.
Social technology and data science courses
As a social technologies graduate student, you’ll take courses on the theory, research and application of social data science. You’ll learn how data is used and misused by organizations and the history of digital society. Your research courses will give you the opportunity to engage in mixed methods and present social science research to the broader scientific community. You’ll also take application-oriented courses to gain hands-on experience with both model and real-world issues of data in society.
Theories of Data and Society
Data, Places, People and Things
Ethics and Policies of Social Data
Communicating Data Science
Technologies of Community
Social Search and Filtering
What can I do with a social technologies degree?
Graduates of the program should be well-positioned to engage in research roles in businesses, nonprofits and government organizations. They may also move on to doctoral study. We deliberately seek to make the field more reflective of the diversity of those who are affected by datafication and actively promote the careers of professionals who are underrepresented in data-related fields.
Requirements for Master of Arts in social technologies degree
Applicants to the Master of Arts in social technologies program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
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