The “data revolution” has transformed the way we understand and interact with the world around us. The availability of large datasets, progress in computer hardware and software, and use of the web to share data and acquire it from numerous sources (including social network services, libraries, city governments, non-profits, etc.) has created many new possibilities in many fields across the social and behavioral sciences. These developments have also led to the emergence of a number practices with regard to data analysis and communication. This course introduces students to fundamental concepts and practical techniques and skills needed for data analytics and data visualization.
Before we begin our classes, we must acknowledge that the land on which we gather in person (when we gather in person) is the traditional and unceded territory of the Lenape. We, the Brooklyn College community, acknowledge that academic institutions, indeed the nation-state itself, was founded upon and continues to enact exclusions and erasures of Indigenous Peoples. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle ongoing practices and legacies of settler colonialism, and to recognize the hundreds of Indigenous Nations who continue to resist, live, and uphold their sacred relations across their lands. We also pay our respect to Indigenous elders past, present, and future and to those who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.