CULT 860: Special Topics in Cultural Studies

CULT 860-001: The Politics of Big Data
(Spring 2019)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2019

This course will examine the history of big data and the transition from surveillance to dataveillence in contemporary power structures. While we will engage some of the theoretical writing on computational media to gain deeper understandings of code, algorithms, data, and digital media more broadly, the bulk of the course will be dedicated to examining key technologies and techniques of power that leverage big data. These technologies include databases, machine learning algorithms, and distributed or cloud computation. Their applications may include things like targeted advertisement and propaganda, monitoring communications (internet traffic, telephone and SMS communications, etc.), machine vision and facial recognition, predictive policing, recidivism modeling and sentencing and parole guidelines, gerrymandering, blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, high frequency trading, credit reporting, predatory lending, actuarial calculations and risk assessment, personality and cognitive exams on workforce applicants, workplace wellness programs, automated resume scanning, value-added educational metrics in public schools, and matriculation models for maximizing university selectivity.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Specialized interdisciplinary topics in cultural theory and analysis. Notes: These courses are designed for the PhD student. Those students not admitted to a PhD program are required to contact the instructor. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to a doctoral program, or permission of the instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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