CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate for Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good

Develop the applied skills and knowledge needed to support data use in policy and practice that is legal, ethical, and focused on the social good.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) offers a Certificate in Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good to students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at Penn.

The certificate will support the development of skills and knowledge needed to enable applied data use for policy and practice that is legal and ethical. This certificate is focused on the praxis of civic data (data held by government agencies and nonprofit organizations) for the social good, meaning, that the data can be used to improve the lives of individuals and communities to work towards equity and social justice.

The Certificate uses a multidisciplinary lens to interrogate issues related to the praxis of ethical data use through four courses relating to applied data ethics, law, and the social good. To support this multidisciplinary lens, one course must be outside of your program. All Certificate recipients are required to take SSPP 6020: Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good, which is offered Summer I as a full virtual option and in the Fall and Spring in a hybrid format. The other three courses may be completed as one of the course units required for your graduate or professional degree program.

Pre-requisite: demonstrate conceptual understanding of social science research, program and policy analysis, and evaluation (i.e. SWRK 6150, MSSP 6290, PUBH 5020, EDUC 5760, or GAFL 6110)

Foundational Course (SSPP 6020: Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good)

Core course in ethics

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Core course in law

Core course in applied use of data for social good, through policy and practice

MSW Certificate Requirements

MSW Certificate Requirements

One course must be outside of your program. The other three courses may be completed within the sixteen credits required for the MSW.

Course requirements

Foundational course: SSPP 6020: Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good, (fulfills an MSW Elective and is outside of the MSW program)

Core course in Ethics: SWRK 6030: American Racism and Social Work Practice

Core course in Law: TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor (fulfills an MSW elective)

Core course in Applied Use of Data: TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor. Could include:

  • SWRK 7430: Action Research
  • SWRK 7440: Direct Practice Research
  • SWRK 7740: Program Evaluation
  • SWRK 7810: Qualitative Research (in Social Work Practice)

Completion

MSSP Certificate Requirements

MSSP Certificate Requirements

One course must be outside of your program. The other three courses may be completed within the ten course units required for the MSSP.

Course requirements

Foundational course: SSPP 6020: Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good (fulfills an MSSP Elective or MSSP Theory Elective with advisor approval)

Core course in Ethics: TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor

Core course in Law: MSSP 6310: Law and Social Policy (MSSP core course)

Core course in Applied Use of Data: TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor. Could include:

  • MSSP 6280: Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process
  • MSSP 6070: Practical Programming for Data Science
  • MSSP 6080: Practical Machine Learning Methods
  • MSSP 6300: Quantitative Reasoning/Social Statistics
  • MSSP 7100: Democratizing Data? Critical Data Studies in Algorithmic Governance
  • MSSP 7980: Qualitative Methods in Policy Research

Completion

NPL certificate requirements

NPL Certificate Requirements

One course must be outside of your program. The other three courses may be completed as one of the core course units required for the NPL.

Course requirements

Foundational course: SSPP 6020: Applied Data Ethics, Law, and the Social Good (fulfills an NPL Elective and can be a non-NPL Penn elective, one of two allowed). Offered virtually each Summer I Session.

Core course in Ethics: NPLD 5890: Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Impact (NPL core)

Core course in Law: NPLD 7620: Nonprofit Law (NPL core) or TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor (fulfills an NPL Elective)

Core course in Applied Use of Data: TBA with approval by Certificate Director and Advisor. Could include:

  • NPLD 7200: Data Analysis for Social Impact (NPL core)
  • NPLD 7830: Field Exercise in Social Impact Measurement (NPL elective)

Completion