Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SSIM912: Introduction to Social Network Analysis
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Lorien Jasny ()
None, but familiarity with the R programming language expected.
|Available via distance learning|
The purpose of the module is to introduce you to the topic of social network analysis. Conceptually, this is different than social networking platforms like facebook and twitter; social network analysis is a way of looking at social data that focuses on relationships between or among social entities. In the social sciences, we frequently find that the structure of social
relationships is crucial for understanding any number of processes, trends, and outcomes like why people join social
movements, which individuals get social or financial opportunities, and how organisations collaborate to change policy. This
course presents an introduction to various concepts, methods, and applications of social network analysis drawn from the
social and behavioural sciences. It is expected that you will have a working knowledge of the R programming language before starting this course, although review and assistance will be provided.