MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Research Route) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Understanding Big Data For Social Research
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Social Statistics|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
What is big data and what can such data tell us about society and human behaviour? How can such data, including Twitter and Facebook data, be used in social research? What is the role of research hypotheses and sampling?
Teaching and learning methods
two x three hour workshops
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
- Boyd, D. and Crawford, K. (2012) Critical Questions for Big Data. Information, Communication and Society, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp. 662-679.
- Burnap, P., Avis, N. J. and Rana, O. F. (2013) Making sense of self-reported socially significant data using computational methods. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Volume 16, Issue 3, 215-230.
- Elliot, M., Purdam, K. and Mackey, E. (2013) New Forms of Data for Social Research. Data Horizons http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/cmist/archive-publications/reports/2013-05-Data_Horizons_Report.pdf
- Graham, M. (2012). Big Data and the End of theory? https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/mar/09/big-data-theory
- Japec, L., Kreuter, F., Berg, M., Biemer, P., Decker, P., Lampe, C., Lane, J., O’Neil, C. and Usher, A. (2015) Big Data in Survey Research. AAPOR Task Force Report, Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 79 (4), 839-880.
- Kitchin, R. (2014) Big Data, new epistemologies and paradigm shifts. Big Data and Society http://bds.sagepub.com/content/1/1/2053951714528481
- Lane, J.I., Stodden, V., Bender, S. and Nissenbaum, H. (eds.) (2013) Privacy, Big Data and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement. Cambridge University Press https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/privacy-big-data-and-the-public-good/1ACB10292B07EC30F071B4AD9650955C
- Margetts, H. John. P. Hale, S. and Yasseri, T. (2016) Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action. Princeton University Press. http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10582.html
- Mayor-Schonberger, V. and Cukier, K. (2013) Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think. London: Murray.
- Murthy, D. (2012) Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter. Sociology, Volume. 46 no. 6 pp 1059-1073
- Neuhaus, F. and Webmoor, T. (2012) Agile Ethics for Massified Research and Visualisation, Information, Communication and Society, 15: 1.
- Procter, R., Vis, F. and Voss, A. (2013). Reading the riots on Twitter: methodological innovation for the analysis of big data. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16 Volume 3, pp 197-214.
- Shlomo, N. and Goldstein, H. (2015) Editorial: Big data in social research. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, September 26th. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rssa.12144/abstract
- Sloan, L., Morgan, J., Housley, W., Williams, M., Edwards, A., Burnap, P. and Rana, O. (2013) Knowing the Tweeters: Deriving Sociologically Relevant Demographics from Twitter. Sociological Research Online, 18 (3) 7 www.socresonline.org.uk/18/3/7.html
- Tiropanis, T., Hall, W., Shadbolt, N., De Roure, D., Contractor, N. and Hendler, J. (2013) The Web Science Observatory, IEEE Intelligent Systems, Volume 28, Issue 2, 100-104.
- The Economist (2010) ‘The Data Deluge’, The Economist, February 25th 2010
- Thelwall, M. and Viz, F. (2014) Researching Social Media. Sage
- United Nations Global Pulse Research Briefs. http://www.unglobalpulse.org/research
- United Nations (2012) Big Data for Development: Opportunities and Challenges: A Global Pul
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Natalie Shlomo||Unit coordinator|
Friday 27 November
Friday 18 December
Friday 18 December
Simon 6.004 cluster
Simon 6.004 cluster