DIGI210-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Big Data and society: Navigating Concepts, Methods and Critical Perspectives

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Big data has gained significant attention over the last decade. But what is Big Data? The focus of this course is both theoretical and practical, first delving into concepts related to data, quantification and big data and critical perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences. The course delves into the central methods of big data, exploring simple and practical ways to use different digital data sources to analyse, visualise and tell stories with data. This practical component also considers the limitations of big data and will teach skills to critically assess data-driven methods and research.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 60 points at 100 level.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 E12
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Geoffrey Ford

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

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