The University of Massachusetts Amherst

DACSS Substantive Courses

The DACSS program isn't a traditional data science program that you might find in a computer science department - the program is firmly grounded in social science. We believe that students need to also be familiar with what we know (and don't know) about substantive economic, social, and political phenomena.

DACSS faculty offer a wide range of courses that provide evidence-based answers to questions such as: How do people form opinions? How do judges make decisions? How do NGOs affect the policy process? How can policy makers best encourage economic development? How do media outlets choose to selectively allocate attention and coverage? How does a change in one part of the economic system affect other economic outcomes?

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Psychology and Public Opinion

  • Introduction to Public Opinion
  • Advanced Political Behavior and Public Opinion
  • Political Psychology

Regional Planning and Development

  • City Planning
  • Tools and Technology in Planning
  • Economic Development in Planning

Global Studies

  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • Human Security
  • Money and Power

Media and Communication

  • International Journalism
  • Media and American Politics
  • Media, Technology, and Culture

Technology and Society

  • Internet Governance & Information Policy
  • Social Life of Algorithms
  • Social Inequalities, Technology and Public Policy 
  • Machine Bias and the Law
  • Communication, Technology and Work
  • Technology, Ethics and Media Justice
  • Technology, Power, and Governance

Policy, Law, and Organizations

  • Politics of the Policy Process
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Inequality and Punishment
  • Comparative Judicial Politics


  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Labor Economics