Human Contexts and Ethics Courses

Data science majors are required to take at least one Human Context and Ethics (HCE) course that addresses the human contexts and ethics of data. 

Approved HCE courses for all domain emphases:

  • AMERSTD/AFRICAM C134. Information Technology & Society (4 units)

  • BIO ENG 100. Ethics in Science and Engineering (3 units)

  • CY PLAN 101. Introduction to Urban Data Analytics (4 units)

  • DIGHUM100. Theory and Method in the Digital Humanities (3 units)

  • ESPM C167/PB HLTH C160. Environmental Health and Development (4 units)

  • HISTORY C184D / STS C104. Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society: Human Contexts and Ethics of Data (4 units)

  • INFO 188. Beyond the Data: Humans and Values (3 units)

  • ISF 100J. The Social Life of Computing (4 units)

  • PHILOS 121. Moral Questions of Data Science (4 units)

HCE Courses - Spring 2019

Title
Course Number
Times & Location
Description
Instructor
Units
Introduction to Urban Data Analytics*

CYPLAN 101

Class #: 32303(link is external)

MW 12:30-2 Wurster 112

This course (1) provides a basic intro to census and economic data collection, processing, and analysis; (2) surveys forecasting and modeling techniques in planning; (3) demonstrates the uses of real-time urban data and analytics; and (4) provides a socio-economic-political context for the smart cities movement, focusing on data ethics and governance. 

*This course is approved for the Human Contexts & Ethics requirement for students completing certain approved Domain Emphases only. Please see the Domain Emphasis page for more information.

Karen Chapple

4
Environmental Health and Development*

ESPM C167/ PBHLTH C160

Class #: 27274(link is external)

Class #: 29594(link is external)

TuTh 9:30am-11am
Genetics & Plant Bio 100

The health effects of environmental alterations caused by development programs and other human activities in both developing and developed areas. Case studies will contextualize methodological information and incorporate a global perspective on environmentally mediated diseases in diverse populations. Topics include water management; population change; toxics; energy development; air pollution; climate change; chemical use, etc. 

*This course is approved for the Human Contexts & Ethics requirement for students completing certain approved Domain Emphases only. Please see the Domain Emphasis page for more information.

Rachel A. Morello-Frosch

Simona A Yi-balan

4
Human Contexts and Ethics of Data

HISTORY C184D / STS C104

Class #: 32670(link is external)
(link is external)

MWF
12-1pm
Dwinelle 145

This course teaches you to use the tools of applied historical thinking and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) to recognize, analyze, and shape the human contexts and ethics of data. It addresses key topics such as doing ethical data science amid shifting definitions of human subjects, consent, and privacy; the changing relationship between data, democracy, and law; the role of data analytics in how corporations and governments provide public goods such as health and security to citizens; sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence and changing landscapes of labor, industry, and city life.  It prepares you to engage as a knowledgeable and responsible citizen and professional in the varied arenas of our datafied world.

Cathryn Carson 4
Moral Questions of Data Science

PHILOS 121

Class #: 31934(link is external)

TuTh 8-9:30am Barrows 56

This course explores, from a philosophical perspective, ethical questions arising from collecting, drawing inferences from, and acting on data, especially when these activities are automated and on a large scale. Topics include: bias, fairness, discrimination, interpretability, privacy, paternalism, freedom of speech, and democracy.

Nicholas G Kolodny 4