Computing applications involving large amounts of data impact the lives of most people throughout the world, such as through online recommendations made to individuals through sites like Amazon or Netflix, online security and surveillance techniques, health care data, and much more. This online data science course examines some of the ethical issues related to data science with the goal of making you aware of and sensitive to ethical considerations that may arise in your career as a data scientist.

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and manage ethical situations that may arise in their careers
  • Apply ethical frameworks to help them analyze ethical challenges
  • Become familiar with key applications of data science that are commonly linked to ethical issues

This course can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-DS is an interdisciplinary degree that brings together faculty from CU Boulder’s departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, and others. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the MS-DS is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience in computer science, information science, mathematics, and statistics. Learn more about the MS-DS program.

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