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If you know the answers to these questions, you hold some basic data literacy. If you remain curious about some of them, this course is for you. During the course, we will walk you through the history and philosophy of data in the context of science and technology, and through forms of data activism and regulation in the context of governance. Some people have said that data is the new oil, and in this course, you will learn the complexities of how it acquired that value. We live in the zettabyte era, and digital literacy — we believe — is an essential part of everyone’s education.


Federica Russo


You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students and Master's students, as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students. Please note: as a contract student it is only possible to enrol including assessment. 

Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available. Please send an email with motivation to to be placed on the waiting list. One week prior to the start of the course, you will hear whether or not you can participate.


UvA Bachelor's students can register from 4 to 11 December 2023 in the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to

Other interested parties such as ‘Bijvak’ students, contract students and Uva Staff members can register until two weeks prior to the start of the course, by completing the online registration form.

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

Microcredentials for professionals 

Contract students and UvA staff who successfully participated in the course’s assessment will receive information to obtain a digital certificate in the form of a microcredential. Data literacy is part of the national microcredentials pilot, with which the higher education field is shaping a system for online certification of individual educational units. More information about the pilot can be found here.

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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