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Social Network Analysis

  • 7.5 credits

By using a network perspective, the focus of social analyses is shifted from the social actors themselves to the relations connecting them. The course provides an introduction to contemporary social network analysis and comprises an overview of the theoretical and methodological literature in this field as well as computer-based excercises.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and understanding:
-Describe the theoretical and the methodological foundations of SNA
-Describe different types of network data and how they can be collected
-Use central concepts of SNA to illuminate theoretical and methodological research issues 

Accomplishments and competence:
-Make simple analyses of a social network with a computer program
-Present the result of SNA, statistically and visually

Attitudes and values:
-Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a SNA study
-Identify research problem suitable for SNA

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course is  full-time  during  5 weeks. The course is a combination  of lectures, seminars and student-led seminars together with computer exercises.

    Assessment

    The grading is based on written assignments and active participation.  The following seven dimensions are considered:
    -Presentation of the theoretical and the methodological foundations of SNA
    -Presentation of different types of network data and how they can be collected
    -The use of central concepts of SNA to illuminate theoretical and methodological research issues 
    -The use of a computer program for doing simple analyses of a social network• Presentation the result of a SNA, statistically and visually
    -Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of a SNA study
    -Identification of a SNA analytic research problems

    Examiner

    Professor Fredrik Liljeros

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Student affairs office

    studentexp@sociology.su.se
    +46-8-161285, room B980

    Questions about master's courses/programmes:
    master@sociology.su.se

    Study counsellor

    studievagledare@sociology.su.se
    Tel: +46-8-163190, room B982

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