Computational Social Systems M.Sc. (CSS)

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
English

Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

     

  • Proficiency in English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

Open
No NC

Admission to Higher Semesters

Open
No NC

Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

Contact

Name

Stefan Schiffer

Mentoring

Phone

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+49 241 80 25045

Email

E-Mail

Contact

Name

Tobias Schumacher

Program Coordinator

Phone

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+49 241 80 25513

Email

E-Mail

Contact

Name

Ivan Smirnov

Departmental Student Advisor

Phone

work
+49 241 80 25513

Email

E-Mail
 

The digitization of society is progressing inexorably and presents us with new challenges: New types of sensors and artificially intelligent systems are increasingly being used to collect and store up-to-date data. This digitalization enables the measurement of individual, organizational and societal behavior with unprecedented resolution and very high precision.

Topics of the Master's program CSS

The availability of these new forms of data requires individuals, organizations, and society to address the impact of digitization on everyday life, on social systems, and on society itself. While on the one hand the development offers great economic and social opportunities, on the other hand it presents society with a multitude of problems: What is required is a constantly expanding understanding of complex social and digital systems. Questions arise about the responsible use of personal data, the control of data, the development of a comprehensive data ethics, the social responsibility for data and algorithms and the trust in the so-called "Computational Social Systems".

Goals of the Master's program CSS

Computational Social Systems are systems in which social and societal processes, procedures and functions are digitally mapped and which are shaped by a dynamic interplay of algorithms and social behavior. They are the focus of the RWTH Master's program Computational Social Systems, which is unique in this form in Germany. The program aims to educate students in an interdisciplinary way at the interface between computer science, social sciences, psychology, cognitive science and ethics. It offers training in algorithms, data structures and methods of machine data processing on the one hand and theories of social interaction in technological contexts and ethical issues on the other. This results in a deep understanding of the development of technically integrated social systems, their challenges for individuals and society, and ethical consequences. This interdisciplinary approach is reflected in the composition of the student body:

  • Computer scientists learn to use their technical skills to critically measure, reflect, and shape the impact of digitization on individuals, organizations, and society at large.
  • Social and cognitive scientists acquire programming and data science skills to design analyses of social data and critically assess its relevance to individuals, organizations, and society.

 

For more information, visit the program website here and see the program descriptions for current majors.