Schedule

Last updated: October 18, 2020

 

Schedule is subject to change

I reserve the right to introduce changes in the schedule for various reasons, including to accomodate your feedback about the class, my sense of the group’s progress, externally imposed constraints (e.g. another lockdown), or to include more recent contributions. No schedule change will be introduced without prior notice of at least two weeks.

 

Reading responses & peer reviews

  • Reading responses are due at midnight before each class (submit on Moodle).
  • Peer reviews are due on Friday following class also on Moodle.

See requirements page for more info.

Week 1: Intro, what is CSS? Observing behavior

Lecture covers:

Week 2: Observing behavior, Social Research in the Digital Age

Lecture covers:

Required reading

Additional reading:

Week 3: Research ethics, running experiments

Lecture covers:

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Ethics: Able is not always ethical

Experiments:

Week 4: Running experiments, asking questions, project prep

Lecture covers:

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 5: Project proposals and feedback

Deliver a 5-minutes pitch of your project proposal. See requirements page for more info.

Week 6: Econometrics & causal inference

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 7: Social networks, concepts and data

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 8: Social Media, Filter Bubbles, and Political Polarization

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 9: Problems with ML

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 10: Fake News & Propaganda

Lecture covers:

Required reading:

Additional reading:

Week 11: COVID-19 & The future of CSS

Lecture covers:

Required readings:

Additional reading:

  • Bursztyn, Leonardo, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Misinformation during a pandemic. University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper 2020-44 (2020).
  • Roy H. Perlis, David Lazer, Katherine Ognyanova, Matthew A. Baum, Mauricio Santillana, James Druckman, John Della Volpe, Alexi Quintana, Hanyu Chwe, Matthew Simonson (2020). The state of the nation: A 50-state COVID-19 survey, Report #9. COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States. covidstates.org

Weeks 12-13: Final project presentations

See requirements page for more info.