Special Topics in Information Studies: Big Data and the City


This course addresses issues of data and the city, looking at intersecting frameworks such as smart technology, civic engagement, and municipal policy. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range analytical methodologies, such as Science and Technology Studies, Critical Data Studies, Critical Policy Studies, as well as applied work in Interaction Design, in order to produce a critical understanding of the complex domain called “the city.” Students will use the city of Toronto as a living lab for the course, engaging case studies, urban data, and site visits. Throughout the course, students will produce analytical writing and prototype interaction and experience design. Students are expected to participate in class discussion and produce a final project. No prior experience in the course methodologies or design technique required.

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