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36111 Philosophies of Data Science Practice

4cp; on-campus workshop sessions, plus online work in between


This subject critically examines the interplay between society, technologies and representations of data. Students develop an advanced understanding of the key social and ethical issues associated with the design, uses and consequences of data infrastructures that takes into account human interaction with those infrastructures in a range of institutional and cultural contexts of development and deployment. The subject builds on understandings of the interpretation and representation of data; how particular knowledge is privileged and translated in data representations; and the relationship between issues of access and power. Students develop critical analysis skills required to understand the dynamic nature of relationships affecting the transfer and use of knowledge and information in emerging social and technological contexts.

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