S1: The Political Economy of Big Data – curs opţional 1


Număr de credite: 6
Cod: AME0153
Predare: curs 2h
Limba de predare: engleză
Tip: curs opţional, semestrul 1, Masteratul Cercetare Sociologică Avansată

Irina Culic
profesor universitar doctor
Facultatea de Sociologie şi Asistenţă Socială
Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai


The concept of Big Data and its/their social history. The prehistory of Big Data.
Materialitaty of big data. Collection points: capture, storage, cleaning, access, investigation, distribution, sharing, security, transfer.

Data analytics and algorythms. From content and causal process to forms and configurations. Big data as predictive analytics. From the practice of knowledge to operational control, distributed system and market devices.

The historical relation personal risk-automatisation-commercial profit-distributed networks-technologisation. The unvertainty of life equated in economic cost and corporate capitalism.

Big data in economy and finance. The politics of consumer credit and other financial instruments relying on big data.

Bog data and the state, governance, security. The concept of risk and the subversion of citizenship.

Science, knowledge, and big data. Examples from medicine, biology, genetics, geography.

Bog data and the politics of the person> internet commerce and algorythmic shaping of prices, preferences, needs, information, contezt, content, desire. Recording and surveillance systems.

Quantification, ebaluation, classification: the contemporary educational system and the effect of big data on it.

Auto-regulated distributed systems, algorythms, and diffuse control points. New business models: crowdsourcing; uber; airbnb, google everything.

The future of bog data and of capitalism.

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Obiective generale

  • At the end of the course students wioll have a complex understanding of the way bog data structure and organize contemporary social processes.

Obiective specifice

  • Students will be able to identify modes of collection, storage, use of bog data in various spaces of present social life such as education, state and security, citizenship, the economic realm – finances and banks, virtual space, self-generated sooperation networks.