Social Dynamics of Data and Information (SDDI)

photo of people in a dark room with colorful screens on the walls

This concentration allows students to study how data, information, and information technology (IT) both shape and are shaped by social action and social change. Students can study anything from human language and writing to computers, social media, “big data,” machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The social shaping of data, information, and IT — by history, law, economics, culture, politics, and government — is one aspect of SDDI. The flip side of social shaping is the way that data, information, and IT transform society, culture, politics, inequality, design, justice, and sustainability.

STS Concentration Area Requirements

  • 4 (BS) or 8 (BA) Socio-cultural courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area including 3 Concentration Core courses
  • 4 (BA) or 8 (BS) Technical courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area

  • A cohesive overall theme, or two, that articulate how your Concentration Core and Sociocultural courses help you to critically examine your Technical courses.

50+ units; 12 course minimum. Note that the 50-unit requirement may require taking additional courses and that approved courses may not be approved for your specific concentration, if your curriculum does not achieve the above requirements as a whole.

Don't forget the Major Requirements : As for all concentrations, students will need to fulfill the Program Core course requirement (26+ units; 8 course minimum with grade C minimum). 

Socio-Cultural Courses (4 BS/8 BA)

STS Sociocultural Courses

  • Provide historical, social, cultural and/or political context for specific areas of science and technology in each concentration

  • May include STS Program Core or Concentration Core courses not used to fulfill those requirements

  • Electives must be part of a cohesive plan approved by the STS Associate Director

  • See major requirements for more information

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

AMSTUD 145
Units:
5

Kessler, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

2022 - 2023
Summer

Christin, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Krosnick, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

COMM 166
Units:
5

Bailenson, J. (PI)
Han, E. (TA)
Lee, R. (TA)
Akselrad, D. (TA)
DeVeaux, C. (TA)
Beams, B. (GP)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday Friday
9:30 AM
10:50 AM
420-040

COMM 172
Units:
5

Reeves, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Li, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Nothias, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Christin, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Kini, K. (TA)
Liu, A. (TA)
Yang, C. (TA)
Propp, J. (TA)
Liu, C. (TA)
Stowell, C. (TA)
Kohrman, A. (TA)
Venkat, S. (TA)
Guillen, D. (TA)
Berman, E. (TA)
Yang, A. (TA)
Korkmaz, E. (TA)
Wu, Y. (TA)
Larkin, K. (TA)
Jiang, S. (TA)
Weinstein, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Guestrin, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Elam, M. (PI)
Utterback, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Wednesday
3:00 PM
5:50 PM

Mullaney, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Departmental Room

Mullaney, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Departmental Room

Grotto, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Felter, J. (PI)
Shah, R. (PI)
Blank, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
4:30 PM
7:20 PM
Thornton 110

Saffo, P. (PI)
Benjamin, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Friday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM
Departmental Room

Pietzsch, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Friday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Departmental Room

Felter, J. (PI)
Shah, R. (PI)
Blank, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
4:30 PM
7:20 PM
Thornton 110

2022 - 2023
Autumn

2022 - 2023
Spring

2022 - 2023
Summer

Liautaud, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

O'Bryan, J. (TA)
Liautaud, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

PUBLPOL 353A
Units:
4-5

Windham, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

van Loon, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Zhou, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Hummel, L. (TA)
Stephens, F. (TA)
Kiviat, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
200-305

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Banks, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Icard, T. (PI)
Krejci, B. (SI)
Wu, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Bishop Auditorium

Goodman, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

SYMSYS 245
Units:
3

Shrager, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Concentration Core (CC) Courses: 3 required for BA/BS

STS Concentration Core courses

CC, formerly Foundational

 

  • Are specifically designated sociocultural courses directly relevant to the chosen STS concentration 
  • Provide students with tools to critically engage with the knowledge and skills they are learning in their technical courses
  • Cannot be double-counted with student’s choice of Program Core courses
  • Cannot be substituted or petitioned
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

AMSTUD 145
Units:
5

Kessler, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Christin, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Nothias, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Christin, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Elam, M. (PI)
Utterback, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Wednesday
3:00 PM
5:50 PM

Mullaney, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Departmental Room

Mullaney, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Departmental Room

Zhou, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

SYMSYS 245
Units:
3

Shrager, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Technical Courses (4 BA/8 BS)

STS Technical Courses

  • Courses involving lab work, engineering problems, coding, or other technical work in science, technology, or medicine

  • Help build technical knowledge and skills relevant to the chosen concentration

  • Students seeking the B.S. degree take more of these

  • The majority of Technical Electives should be a sequence (or two sequences) of increasingly advanced levels. In general, introductory courses with little technical content will not be approved. 

  • At least one sequence should be accompanied by either Concentration Core or Sociocultural Electives that allow you to examine and analyze its context and social consequences

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Klein, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
80-204

Klein, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
80-204

DeMarinis, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
McMurtry Art Building 011B

ARTSTUDI 173E
Units:
4

Peck, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
McMurtry Art Building 007

ARTSTUDI 173E
Units:
4

Peck, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
McMurtry Art Building 007

Katz, G. (PI)
Delmon, D. (TA)
Diaz Salgado, D. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Katz, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CEE 124
Units:
1-5

2022 - 2023
Summer

CEE 124
Units:
1-5

2022 - 2023
Winter

CEE 124
Units:
1-5

2022 - 2023
Spring

CEE 124
Units:
1-5

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Schwarz, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

Lee, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Aiken, A. (PI)
Lee, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Liu, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CS 105
Units:
3-5

Young, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM
200-305

CS 105
Units:
3-5

Young, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Parlante, N. (PI)
Cornwall, E. (GP)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30 PM
1:20 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Parlante, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Sahami, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Gregg, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Zelenski, J. (PI)
Lee, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Schwarz, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Bishop Auditorium

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Kishnani, N. (TA)
Gregg, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Jue, K. (PI)
Han, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CS 106E
Units:
3

Young, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Cain, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Gregg, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Friday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM

Troccoli, N. (PI)
Shih, J. (TA)
Iglesias, R. (TA)
Eicher, S. (TA)
Lu, H. (TA)
Low, M. (TA)
Sullan, G. (TA)
Meany, C. (TA)
Kula, J. (TA)
Zhang, H. (TA)
Gaur, A. (TA)
Ebhomielen, O. (TA)
Worrel, M. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Spring

CS 108
Units:
3-4

Young, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Piech, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Cain, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Cain, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM

Kaur, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CS 111
Units:
3-5

Troccoli, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
12:20 PM
STLC 111

CS 111
Units:
3-5

Troccoli, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

CS 111
Units:
3-5

Ousterhout, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
12:20 PM

Landay, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Bishop Auditorium

Brenner, R. (PI)
Tumgoren, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday
9:00 AM
11:50 AM

Liang, P. (PI)
Sadigh, D. (PI)
Karamcheti, S. (GP)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Charikar, M. (PI)
Sadigh, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Khatib, O. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM
4:20 PM

CS 224W
Units:
3-4

Leskovec, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

CS 225A
Units:
3

Chong, W. (TA)
Jorda, M. (SI)
Khatib, O. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Bernstein, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
4:30 PM
5:20 PM

McKeon, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
200-002

McKeon, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM

EE 101A
Units:
4

2022 - 2023
Summer

EE 101A
Units:
4

Pop, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

EE 101B
Units:
4

Murmann, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30 PM
1:20 PM

Kahn, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Srinivas, H. (TA)
Liang, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

EE 108
Units:
5

Mitra, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
60-109

EE 108
Units:
5

Mitra, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Zebker, H. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM

EE 169
Units:
3

Pauly, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM
Gilbert Biological Science 117

Kozyrakis, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Caers, J. (PI)
Lui, T. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

ENGLISH 184E
Units:
5

2022 - 2023
Winter

Caers, J. (PI)
Mantilla Salas, S. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Kurina, L. (PI)
Davis, P. (TA)
Porter, S. (TA)
Washington, M. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Sainani, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM
Alway Building, Room M114

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Pfefferkorn, R. (PI)
Stamos, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Kelley, D. (PI)
Patel, M. (PI)
Schmutte, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Lathrop 282

Fenton, P. (PI)
Ziegler, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Departmental Room

Fenton, P. (PI)
Ziegler, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

2022 - 2023
Summer

Goel, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Departmental Room

Aboumrad, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Bambos, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

MS&E 135
Units:
3

Ugander, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM

Felter, J. (PI)
Blank, S. (PI)
Weinstein, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday
5:30 PM
8:20 PM

Chafe, C. (PI)
van Zyl, M. (TA)
Abou Ayed, J. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Knoll217

Wang, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:30 PM
5:20 PM
Knoll217

Sapp, C. (PI)
Selfridge-Field, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Braun 131

MUSIC 257
Units:
3-5

Crum, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Friday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Knoll217

Xu, Y. (PI)
Fu, Y. (TA)
Chiu, A. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
200-305

Jackson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Kapoor, R. (TA)
Smith, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
160-322

Seiler, B. (TA)
Green, A. (PI)
Kazdan, J. (TA)
Liang, L. (TA)
Song, Z. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
420-041

Poldrack, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Walther, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM

STATS 101
Units:
5

Gablenz, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM

Erdmann-Pham, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
Not Currently Offered Courses

These courses are approved for one or more the STS concentrations but are not offered this academic year. You may find tabbing back to previous academic years in Explore Courses is helpful to see when courses have been offered historically. STS does not determine when courses in other departments will be offered as course offerings are at the discretion of the departments who own them.

 

Title

ANTHRO 132C
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

COMM 230B
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core

COMM 230C
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core

CSRE 154T
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Politics and Policy Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

CSRE 180S
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

HISTORY 203C
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Politics and Policy Core

INTLPOL 221
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

ITALIAN 244
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

ITALIAN 344
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core

SOC 154
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Politics and Policy Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

SOC 254C
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Politics and Policy Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

SYMSYS 201
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural
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