STS.047 Quantifying People: A History of Social Science


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Historical examination of the quest to understand human society scientifically. Focuses on quantification, including its central role in the historical development of social science and its importance in the 21st-century data age. Covers the political arithmetic of the 17th century to the present. Emphasizes intensive reading of primary sources, which represent past attempts to count, calculate, measure, and model many dimensions of human social life (population, wealth, health, happiness, intelligence, crime, deviance, race). Limited to 25.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.047 will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by W. Deringer.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-103.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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