Data Literacy for Social and Environmental Justice (Data for Justice)
This programme will help you develop a range of skills to strengthen your potential to address injustices that harm human and non-human populations and the environment.
It will build your ability to explore, manage, analyse, interpret, visualise, and communicate data to a range of audiences, from lay publics to academics and policymakers.
The programme is ideal for:
- professionals seeking to enhance their data literacy and science communication skills, who currently work in the public or private sector on issues of social justice or environmental degradation
- those looking to move into a career in social justice or environmental advocacy, policy, or education
- recent graduates seeking additional training before entering or re-entering the workforce.
- Qualifications available include the PgCert (up to two years), PgDip (lasting one to three years), or MSc (lasting one to three years).
- Start in January or September 2024.
- Five-week modules with asynchronous content allow maximum flexibility to fit into your current schedule.
- Optional one or two-week Data for Justice summer residential stay at the University of St Andrews.
- An adaptive learning approach lets you focus on either social or environmental data, or both.
Career-enhancing skills you will gain
- A conceptual foundation for understanding how quantitative datasets are used or abused
- Basic data literacy and introductory statistics, if you are a beginner
- Advanced quantitative methods, including spatial data science, if you already have a quantitative foundation
- A range of practical science communications skills, such as writing policy briefs and producing visuals, to help you become a skilled and impactful science communicator
- Strategies for engaging different audiences, including publics, stakeholders, and policymakers, to increase your impact potential
How you will be taught
- Video lectures and workshops, subject-focused podcasts, a platform for sharing your coursework for peer and staff feedback, and an adaptive learning platform that meets you where you are and lets you progress at your own pace
- Optional question and answer sessions, office hours, and a one to two-week residential stay at the University of St Andrews in the summer
- All the software and resources you need will be open-access.
- Courses will be delivered using a lightboard and screen recorder for learning to code, while there will be a professional camera and microphone set-up for lectures, recorded interviews, panel sessions, and podcasts.
- MSc students will be encouraged to complete an applied research project for their dissertation, developed in collaboration with an institution or organisation, using real data on an actual research question that can benefit their current or future place of employment.
- Independent, flexible, and critical thinking
- Ability to summarise complex material
- A critical appreciation of the epistemological and theoretical foundations of quantitative research design, methodology, techniques, and data ethics
- Ability to critically evaluate claims based on quantitative research in the social or environmental sciences
- Ability to grasp and communicate material drawn from a broad range of academic disciplines
- Ability to convey knowledge effectively within a community of social or environmental scientists, various publics, and other stakeholders through oral presentations, written text, and graphics
The programme will help learners to prepare for careers in third sector or non-governmental organisations, policy, and government.
Graduates will leave with in-demand skills across the theoretical and practical aspects of analysing, interpreting, and presenting quantitative data, using clear, concise language and accessible visuals.
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