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Models of Social Change and Social Stability

  • 7.5 credits

This course provides a critical in-depth overview of how models in mathematics and models of simulation can be used to model and analyze social change and social stability

Social change and social stability has constituted an essential field of research within sociology ever since the discipline was established as academic. This course introduces important formalised models and methods used to describe and analyse social change and social stability. Its main focus is on demonstrating how simple formalised models can help explain significantly more complex social dynamics than what would have been possible to describe using traditional/conventional theories expressed in everyday language.

  • Course structure



    Teaching format

    The teaching is provided in the form of 8 combined seminars/lectures and 2 compulsory laboratorysessions/exercises.


    The course assessment is in the form of a take home exam and a specialised paper on how one elective model in the course has been utilised in empirical research.


    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

    +46-8-161285, room B980

    Questions about master's courses/programmes:

    Study counsellor

    Tel: +46-8-163190, room B982

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