COMP_SCI 295: Lifting the Black Box: Computation for Social Scientists

Quarter Offered

Winter : 12:30-1:50 TuTh ; Chancellor
Spring : 12:30-1:50 TuTh ; Chancellor


This course will expose students outside of computer science to computation as skill, method, and social phenomenon. Students will learn core computational skills through practical examples and applications familiar to the social sciences. Additionally, students will engage with the social and ethical aspects of computing's ubiquity in everyday life. Alongside developing programmatic skills in python, students will develop critical thinking that will help "lift the black box" of algorithms and technology and reason effectively about its use in modern society. This course assumes no prior programming experience.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS: Prof. Chancellor - Stevie N Chancellor