Workshop Proceedings of the 17th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: Disrupt, Ally, Resist, Embrace (DARE): Action Items for Computational Social Scientists in a Changing World

DOI: 10.36190/2023.13

Published: 2023-06-01
Why Don't We Ever Talk About Education When We Talk About Computational Social Science?
Diliara Valeeva

This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities of teaching computational social science (CSS) at the university level. With the growing demand for CSS expertise in industry, government, and non-profit sectors, there is a need to prepare a new generation of CSS practitioners. However, there is a lack of discussion in the field about how to teach CSS. The paper argues that CSS researchers need to start thinking about teaching and learning CSS as educators, not just as researchers. The paper also raises questions about what constitutes a CSS question and how to integrate open science principles and ethical considerations into CSS education. The paper concludes by suggesting that CSS need to be prepared to answer these questions and ally with other fields to provide comprehensive CSS education.