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What you will learn

  • Examine the history and current challenges faced by Social Science through the digital revolution.

  • Configure a machine to create a database that can be used for analysis.

  • Discuss what is artificial intelligence (AI) and train a machine.

  • Discover how social networks and human dynamics create social systems and recognizable patterns.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Computational Social Science (CSS)

3 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 124 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Course Introduction5m
Optional: Study Suggestions (not required)17m
Module 1 Introduction3m
The Digital Revolution13m
First Ever UC-wide Online Course1m
A Very Short History of Science5m
A Very Simplistic Hierarchy of Science5m
Social Emergence (Part 1)4m
Social Emergence (Part 2)7m
The Scientific Method Revisited13m
Limitations of Induction and Deduction15m
Glass of Red Wine Theorizing5m
Social Science Challenges7m
3 readings
About UCCSS10m
A Note From UC Davis10m
Optional/Complementary10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz45m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Example of Computational Social Science: Data Science

5 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 75 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Overview of Big Data10m
Fighting Poverty with Data7m
Extracting Features8m
Predicting Poverty10m
Who Cares?9m
Webscraping Lab How-To28m
3 readings
Welcome to the Web Scraping Lab10m
Welcome to Peer Review Assignments!10m
Optiona/ Complementary10m
2 practice exercises
Web Scraping Assigned Task5m
Module 2 Quiz45m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Examples of CSS: Machine Learning & AI

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
Overview of Artificial Intelligence (Part 1)5m
Overview of Artificial Intelligence (Part 2)7m
Machine Learning6m
Overfitting4m
Training, Validation, Testing7m
A Common Difficulty in ML5m
1 reading
Optional/Complementary10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Examples of CSS: Social Networks and Computer Simulations

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 67 min)
10 videos
Overview of Social Networks10m
Connected3m
From Obesity to Generosity7m
Get Your Friends Involved!8m
Overview of Computer Simulations11m
Models7m
Why Model?6m
Cultural Boundaries8m
Course Summary1m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz45m

About the Computational Social Science Specialization

For more information please view the Computational Social Science Trailer Digital technology has not only revolutionized society, but also the way we can study it. Currently, this is taken advantage of by the most valuable companies in Silicon Valley, the most powerful governmental agencies, and the most influential social movements. What they have in common is that they use computational tools to understand, and ultimately influence human behavior and social dynamics. An increasing part of human interaction leaves a massive digital footprint behind. Studying it allows us to gain unprecedented insights into what society is and how it works, including its intricate social networks that had long been obscure. Computational power allows us to detect hidden patterns through analytical tools like machine learning and to natural language processing. Finally, computer simulations enable us to explore hypothetical situations that may not even exist in reality, but that we would like to exist: a better world. This specialization serves as a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective, and multi-method guide on how to better understand society and human behavior with modern research tools. This specialization gives you easy access to some of the exciting new possibilities of how to study society and human behavior. It is the first online specialization collectively taught by Professors from all 10 University of California campuses....
Computational Social Science

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