Course Goals

This course will help you to:

  1. Debate and describe the ways that contemporary practices of “Big Data” are shaped by and differ from a long historical context;
  2. Describe how technology shapes social change, and vice versa.
  3. Interpret historical sources of data, and recast them into contemporary terms you and your peers can understand; and
  4. Understand some of the major turning points in the history of computing, data collection, and social control.
  5. Write clearly and informatively about non-textual artifacts like datasets, data visualizations, and account books.

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