Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM034: Social Data Science and Policy Analytics

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Chris Playford (Convenor)

Dr Nitzan Peri-Rotem (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


In this module you will be introduced to the practice of policy analytics and evidence based decision-making – the application of social data science techniques to policy analysis and evaluation. As a student you will cover the major concepts addressed in the MSc including the politics of the policy making process, evidence-based decision making, the use of data analysis at each of the policy and decision making stages and the social complexities of policy-making. You will also be introduced to the main social data science techniques used in policy analytics. You will be asked to integrate substantive topics with research methods and data analysis skills. 

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