About this Specialization

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Online social science methods use technology to push the bounds of what we can know about human interaction and communication. The digitization of communication has provided a wealth of data that is transforming the social sciences. But there's a gap between the important questions about human nature and the raw, messy reality of code and data. In this 4-course specialization, we will bridge the gap, learning enough of a popular programming language—Python—to discover things about ourselves, our friends, each other, and society, as we interact with the Internet in code. No prior skills or knowledge are assumed. Really this specialization is a "Pre-introduction" to code. On the technical skills side, this specialization will teach basic Python types, variables, code flow, and modules, up to functions. But you won't actually write any code. Instead this specialization will teach you to read, run, think, and play in code. That is because there is so much we can do to inspire and prepare you before you've even written your first line. It is recommended to take each course in the specialization and in sequence, as the four courses build off of each other. We look forward to being a part of your continuing education!
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Beginner Level
Approximately 4 months to complete
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English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approximately 4 months to complete
Suggested pace of 2 hours/week
English

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Python Basics: Interacting with the Internet

Course2

Course 2

Python Basics: Retrieving Online Data

Course3

Course 3

Python Basics: Automation and Bots

Course4

Course 4

Python Basics: Problem Solving with Code

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University of California, Davis

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