Explore how society uses and interacts with data to understand and navigate the world.
Humans have always used data to help them understand and navigate the world. In recent years, advances in technology, computing power and internet accessibility have rapidly increased the importance of data on a societal level. Today, data can be gathered and applied to address almost anything, from science to politics and sports to literature.
In this Pathway, students will develop data literacy and learn to interpret and analyze data themselves. They will acquire the skills to use data to draw inferences, make informed judgements and decisions, and clearly communicate. They will explore the ways society uses and interacts with data to form evidence-based arguments; the relationship between data, privacy and morality; the role of data in social justice; the rapidly expanding role of big data in both the public and private sectors; and how data analysis, like any tool, can be used in unethical ways that may ultimately undermine knowledge.