Overview | Department of Sociology

Overview

The emerging field of digital sociology affords students opportunities to ask fundamental questions about the social impacts of information technology while learning cutting-edge digital social research skills. Thus digital sociology serves as a bridge between the social sciences on the one side, and data science and computer science on the other. The ranks of social scientists working in technology and related sectors is growing, and social scientists with training in technology and business are in especially high demand. This trend was described recently by Matthew Rafalow of Google:

https://medium.com/swlh/why-your-company-needs-social-scientists-a219845bd610

Digital sociology courses are offered by the Department of Sociology at UNT-Denton and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UNT-Frisco. Topics covered include:

  • Digital Research Methods
  • Advanced Digital Research Methods
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Simulations
  • Text Mining
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Thories of the Information Society

These courses offer a combination of big-picture thinking (history and ethics) and core and advanced digital research skills (sampling, web scraping, text mining, social network analysis, and workplace and user/consumer ethnography).

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