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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3140: Data, Experiments, and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephan Guttinger (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to the ethical and epistemic issues that surround experimentation and data in the 21st century. The experimental mindset is now firmly embedded in every aspect of society. Whether it is a traditional biochemistry laboratory, a clinical trial, a political group planning a new campaign, or a social media company trying to modify user behaviour - experimentation and the data derived from it are central to all these endeavours. In this module we will investigate why experimental data matters; how experimental practice is transformed in the digital age; and address the ethical challenges that experimentation raises in everyday practice. The module has no prerequisites and is suitable for students in the social and natural sciences, the humanities, and data science.

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