Introduction to Python for Humanities and Social Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Python for Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Goals of this course:
    • Get to know the basics of the Python programming language
    • Make a start with becoming an independent programmer, who is able to find solutions to new problems

    Skills you will acquire during this course:
    - Learn how to develop Python code using Jupyter notebooks as well as Python modules (.py files)
    - Learn how to make your own code project
    - Learn how to create readable code that can be understood by others
    - Learn how to debug your code
    - Learn how to deal with unstructured textual data
    - Learn how to perform linguistic processing with established NLP pipelines

    During this course, you will learn how to analyze text data using the Python programming language. No programming knowledge is required; we believe that anyone can learn how to program.

    You will learn how to extract information from text corpora; deal with different file types (plain text, CSV, JSON). We will focus on
    readability and understandability of your code so that you will be able to share it with others, and reuse your code in the future.


    Exam & assignments

    We advise against using Netbooks or Tablets for this course since you will need to use the command line and execute Python code.

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