Making Sense of Data in the Media

Online Course

Future Learn
Making Sense of Data in the Media

What is the course about?

Making Sense of Data in the Media
The course Making Sense of Data in the Media is an online class provided by The University of Sheffield through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Learn what numbers reveal, when and why they mislead, and how to spot fake news.

Course description
  • How can we know which numbers to trust?
  • 3 weeks
  • Increasingly, we’re bombarded with all sorts of data about how society is changing. From opinion poll trends and migration data to economic results and government debt levels.
  • On this course from the Sheffield Methods Institute at University of Sheffield, we’ll look at ways of cutting through the confusion to decide what numbers reveal, when and why they (sometimes deliberately) mislead, and how to determine what is ‘fake news.’
  • Become a critical consumer of data in the media.
  • Explain how social statistics are created.
  • Evaluate data to make informed decisions about which results to trust.
  • Design a quantitative research project.
  • This course is open to anyone who wants to know how to make sense of social statistics and economic data in the media.
  • It will be particularly useful to first-year undergraduate students studying social science, as well as school leavers who are thinking about taking a social science or quantitative social science degree.
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Prerequisites & Facts

Making Sense of Data in the Media

Course Topic

Business & Management, Data Analytics, Politics & Society, Social Issues

University, College, Institution

The University of Sheffield

Course Skill Level

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Making Sense of Data in the Media

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The University of Sheffield you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: The University of Sheffield
Topic: Business & Management, Data Analytics, Politics & Society, Social Issues