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Computational Social Science

University of California, Davis via Coursera Specialization

Overview

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.

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Taught by

Martin Hilbert

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 60 reviews

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    Minjoo L.

    Minjoo completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course exceeded my expectations tremendously! I was able to learn from professors from every UC campus which gave me expertise knowledge in every area. When I signed up for the course I immediately understood that this course is perfect for people...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course through UC cross enrollment 2 years ago . The course content was very up-to-date, and included guest lectures from professors from a very wide range of disciplines, so it would be interesting to students regardless of their majors. Despite not being a student in the social sciences (my majors are in humanities and arts,) this class has equipped me with a lot of basic digital literacy (e.g, present issues of privacy with photo filter apps, epidemic modeling) that has been helpful in everyday life. I hope Prof. Hilbert can make more of his classes available.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Having taken this course as an undergraduate, I can honestly say that this course effectively simplified complex concepts through practical projects. Computational Social Science might seem 'scary' at first, but Dr. Hilbert managed to provide diverse content, superb guidance, and enough flexibility to be creative to make the learning experience sufficiently challenging and extremely rewarding. Whether you're taking this course as first-timer or seasoned researcher, one can narrow or expand their interests while maintaining a comprehensive learning experience.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an excellent course for beginners just learning about computational social sciences, or for those looking to brush up on their knowledge. The course is nicely laid out, with each section featuring an interactive lab relating to social network analysis, that helps you apply what you have learned in a fun, effective way. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in careers involving social network analysis or human behavior.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This class taught me so much. The most valuable part I found, unfortunately is during this recent pandemic. I found that after taking this class my understanding of the developing social transmission was increased. The assignments helped me understand the graphics being used, because we created similar basic ones in this class.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Each of the courses in the specialization was very rich in content. It has been very interesting to learn the application and interdependence of every aspect covered in this specialization.

    More importantly, Prof. Hilbert is very engaging, very well versed with this specialization and lastly..very hilarious! He makes an otherwise tough specialization very enjoyable!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It would be better if instructor speak more formal.
    As learner with English as a second language, prefer meaningful sentences with clear pronunciation!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course opened an entirely new area of communication studies that fascinated and intrigued me. If you look at the course before starting, a lot of it may seem very advanced and difficult to understand but watching the lectures carefully and really...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I've never given a course a 5/5 before but this one really deserves it. I've based my review on the following points: - it introduces a new, multi-disciplinary, complex topic but in a way that is very clear - They use a step by step approach to take you...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    Here are some notes I made throughout the course which I would like to share in order to improve the experience for future students: 1. For all the YouTube videos we were instructed to watch, there was no way to click on the link. I had to pause the...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    As an animal scientist, I did not have much experience with computational social science. But with this course, I know feel like I have a good foundation and understanding of concepts from agent based modeling to natural language processing. I thought...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have completed two specialisations and taking several other specialisations and courses on the Coursera platform and by far I enjoyed this specialisation the most. Part of my enthusiasm comes from my background. I studied qualitative social science,...
  • Anonymous
    The Computation Social Science series was excellent! I enjoyed all of the individual subjects and appreciated the way the entire series was put together. The professor was fantastic. His knowledge was evident from the beginning, but even more helpful was his enthusiasm for the material and for helping learners. It is hard to be effective online. Martin's approach and style made the course one of the best online or live I have participated in.
    I learned a lot. I have a social science background but the computational part was new -- I now feel prepared to dive deeper into the computation side of things and will certainly continue my studies in this way
    Thank you for an excellent experience!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course during my sophomore year and it has the most inspiring lectures and course materials that assisted me in my decision on what I want to do in the future. It gave a brief introduction to programming and digital technology, which was a lot of new information for me as a sophomore. But I liked learning about them (I'm interested in this field). Moreover, in the later courses that I took, I came by quite many materials that I learned in this course (Computational Social Science). I would definitely recommend taking this course if you are interested in this field or want to learn about it!
  • Anonymous
    understanding technologies such as artificial intelligence , big data , machine learning and computer simulation from the prospective of social scientists was very effective and exciting . I learned about two fields ( my interest was the technologies ) but the gain was huge to me .

    social issues and challenges faced but different culture and societies were always on my mind. this course bring a methodology of testing and compiling a semi acceptable theories in any field of interest without the expenses and lengthy time to conduct research.

    i recommend this course to everyone

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you. I really enjoyed the course. It gave me a good general overview of social network analysis, and now I know how to proceed with more in-depth studies. From the course I’ve managed to get a grasp of both practice and theory. It is definitely a very good introduction, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in social science reasearch. Regardless of whether you need this for your analysis, I believe it is useful to understand the concepts and developments in this developing field. It will give you a good sense of its applications and usefulness in research.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the professor's style and appreciated the chance to try the concepts on my own and then check to see if I got it right. By slowing down and going over all the things I did not understand or get right when given a problem, I could feel myself learning, correcting my mental model and gaining confidence. I think the level at which this course was pitched was perfect for me, having read a lot of narrative accounts of networks, but never having delved into the mathematics, theory and simulation of them.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course with Professor Hilbert when it was being taught as a UC wide course and found it immensely interesting. This was my first exposure to any sort of computer programming as well as to any form of computational application of social science and I found it easy to follow along and learn. Overall I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning more about the applications of computer science in a humanities field.
  • Anonymous
    What a great journey! Starting off with more theoretical topics behind the computational paradigm, ramping all the way up to a capstone project where you can simulate social phenomena, I fell greatly pleased with what we specialization provides. It introduced me into a new way of understanding life, provided a state of the art approach to this paradigm and opens the possibility of using these (and even other tools) in my academic and professional trajectory.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It a quick, complete, and excellent introductory course. Martin Hilbert has put his heart, mind, and profound knowledge at our fingertips in our behalf, thanks you! Stimulating and will follow up looking at how to uncover social networks in rural Honduras, formally analyze them and implement practical use for innovation and development. A much easier task with this first small step. Again thanks to all that make this possible.

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