Course Offered, Spring 2017:
COLL150/INTR150 Human Development & Data Science
CRN 25775 INTR 150-01, MWF 10:00-10:50AM ISC 1111
CRN 24962 INTR 150-02, MWF 11:00-11:50AM ISC 1111
CRN 25518 INTR 150-03, MWF 12:00-12:50AM ISC 3280
Data Science has seized upon new opportunities presented by Big Data with the promise of solving some of the most wicked problems that emerge from our complex and adapting social system. Some of Data Science’s most grandiose promises reside in the area of Human Development, particularly in relation to the Developing World. But have these efforts resulted in tangible differences in development outcomes? To answer this question, this writing seminar will investigate research that focuses on improving human conditions in the developing world. We will do this through round table discussions on sci- entific publications related to data science, complex systems, human conditions in developing countries and our ability to know, describe and predict those conditions in a close-to-reality manner.