The Social Data Analytics Minor

The Social Data Analytics (SDA) Minor is the only degree program of its kind in Canada to provide the skills to effectively navigate, analyze and communicate “big data” in the social science context.

Starting in Spring 2021, apply by September 30, 2020!

What you'll learn

Students learn to collect, analyze and critically evaluate the large volume of digitized, real-world data derived from and related to human behaviour. They will learn to communicate data-driven insights to the public, scholarly community and policymakers, and they will do so while respecting and upholding the privacy and ethical concerns that have emerged in the big data era.

Everything comes together in the Capstone Project Seminar, where students work in teams to apply their skills to a real-world social or policy problem.

Required courses

Students complete at least 15 units as follows:

  • LING or SDA 250 – Computational Text Analysis (4)
  • SDA 270 – Data, Ethics and Society (3)
  • SDA 490 – Capstone Project Seminar (5)
  • One of:
    • ECON 233 – Introduction to Economic Data and Statistics (4)
    • POL 201 – Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (4)
    • STAT 203 – Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Elective courses

Students complete at least 12 units as follows:

  • No more than one of:
    • CMNS 333 – Digital Policies in a Global Context: Current Issues, Concepts and Analysis (4)
    • CMNS 353 – Topics in Technology and Society (4)
    • ENGL 363 – Studies in the Digital Humanities: Theory & Practice (4)
    • GSWS 399 – Gender, Sex, and Numbers (4)
    • POL 318 – Fake News and Alt-Facts: Navigating Post-Truth Politics (4)
    • POL 426W – Political Behaviour (4)
  • No more than one of:
    • ECON 334 – Data Visualization and Economic Analysis (3)
    • POL 390 – Data Visualization and Political Analysis (3)
    • STAT 240 – Introduction to Data Science (3)
    • STAT 310 and STAT 311 – Introduction to Data Science for the Social Sciences AND Data Science Laboratory for the Social Sciences (4)
  • Any of:
    • ECON 329 – Experimental Economics (3)
    • ECON 335 – Introduction to Causal Inference and Policy Evaluation (3)
    • ECON 435 – Quantitative Methods (5)
    • GEOG 255 – Geographical Information Science I (3)
    • GEOG 355 – Geographical Information Science II (4)
    • PHIL 315 – Formal Methods in Philosophy (3)
    • POL 315 – Intermediate Quantitative Methods (4)
    • POL 488 – Topics in Empirical Research Design and Analysis (4)
    • STAT 302 – Analysis of Experiment and Observational Data (3)
    • STAT 360 and STAT 361 – Advanced R for Data Science AND Laboratory for Advanced R for Data Science (3)
    • STAT 452 – Statistical Learning and Prediction (3)

Plan your program

Plan out the courses for your Social Data Analytics Minor. The following requirements are for students approved in the SDA Minor program starting in:

Program Brochure

Get in touch

Have questions about social data analytics?

Please contact Courtney Apps, Undergraduate Advisor.

Email: sda_advisor@sfu.ca

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