CS1951I

Welcome to CS for Social Change! This studio course gives students the opportunity to iteratively design, build, and test technical projects in partnership with different social change organizations.

Course Information

CS1951I is taught by Professor Ugur Cetintemel. Class is held every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:20 pm (Location TBD).

The course is intended primarily for computer science students and computer engineers, though it is open to anyone with adequate preparation interested in learning the topics covered in the course announcement below.

In order to take CS 1951I, you should have taken CS 32, CS 33 or CS 132. You also need to complete and submit the course application by January 15th.

"Students will work in a studio environment to iteratively design, build, and test technical projects in partnership with different social change organizations. Students will be placed in small teams to collaboratively work on projects that will range from, for example, developing a chatbot to aid community engagement to conducting geospatial data analytics. Through the course, we will also reflect on our positionality and ethics in engaging in social impact work and what it practically means to leverage technology to create social change on an everyday basis."
– Course Announcement

Guides & Documents

Check out the following useful documents for questions you have about course organization, tools we use, and other helpful resources.

Assignments

Readings

All reading responses are due at 6 pm on Fridays. Submit your reading responses here.

WeekReadingsDue
1 Community Technology Handbook (pg. 1-16)
(Re)building Technology Zine (pg. 11-21)
1/26
2The Little Book of Design Research Ethics
Principles of Digital Development (Ch. 2)
2/2
3 US Digital Services Playbook
Prototyping
2/9
4Postcolonial Computing
M-Pesa Case Study
2/16
5Microsoft Inclusivity Manual2/23
6No readingsN/A
7No readings (Midpoint Presentations)N/A
8No readings N/A
9Feminist Tech Tools
Feminist Tech
3/23
1018F
A New API for Medicare
4/6
11Sidewalk Labs Blog
MIT Civic Media Lab
4/13

Staff

Professor

Ugur Cetintemel

HTA (cs1951Iheadtas@lists.brown.edu)

Nikita Ramoji
(nramoji)

UTAs (cs1951Itas@lists.brown.edu)

Elaine Jiang
(ejiang1)

Yuta Arai
(yarai)