We live in a world overwhelmed with information and data. How can we find the information we need, and how might we best make use of the data we have? This course challenges students to discover, evaluate, and utilize information and data to promote social justice and sustainability. We will learn where and how to find valuable data and how critically analyze the information we receive.
Data and information are not merely to inform, but to serve as a basis for action. With that in mind, we will also explore the analytical tools that we can use to analyze risk and make more effective decisions, including probabilistic reasoning and linear programming.
Finally, not only is data powerful because of its ability to help us learn and make better decisions, but also because of its ability to tell stories. We will learn how to use quantitative data to create compelling narratives and tell the stories we need to bring about the changes we want to see in the world.