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Course module: 200300014
200300014
Social Networks in Theory and Empirical Research
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Course code200300014
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Sociologie;
Contact persondr. E. Jaspers
E-mailE.Jaspers@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
dr. E. Jaspers
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Contactperson for the course
dr. E. Jaspers
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Teaching period
3-4  (03/02/2020 to 28/06/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
3
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 28/10/2019 up to and including 24/11/2019
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processniet van toepassing
Aims
The aim of the course is to give a review and an insight in different research questions, theories and results of empirical research in the field of network studies. More in detail:

·      Getting acquainted with and getting an insight in the different domains of network research and the different questions in these domains.
·      Acquiring knowledge on the theories which are basic and steering the research of social networks and comparing these theories with each other.
·      Acquiring knowledge on the most prominent methods used to collect network data and how to analyse them.

 
Content
The course focuses on ‘Theory’ and ‘Empirical research’, in the ‘Problems-Theory-Empirical research-Policy implications’-sequence that characterizes the various steps in analytical social science.

In the last decades, studies in social networks have grown to an almost independent and major tradition of research in sociology, economics, psychology and anthropology. Meanwhile, one can say that a person, who has no knowledge about social networks, does not know Social Sciences at all because the focus of social sciences is now much more on relations and embeddedness than before.

This course provides an overview of the main developments within this field of research. Important theories and theoretical aspects, which explain the emergence and the consequences of social networks, will be discussed. This includes, for example the notion of the ‘strength of weak ties’, the focus theory, as well as different perspectives on centrality and how we are all connected. Finally, we read and discuss a number of research problems and topics on which social network studies focused. Examples of these topics are: social networks in organizations, online social networks, social networks and health, and negative social networks. The research questions underlying these topics will be reconstructed and answers provided by empirical research will be discussed. In addition, attention is paid to the different kinds of methods that can be used to collect network data as well as the analysis of such data. 
 
During the course, students choose a topic of their interest on which they write a paper in groups of two students). The papers consist of a review of the literature as well as an empirical study carried out by the students on the basis of this literature. During the project meetings and seminars, more information will be provided regarding the requirements related to these papers. During the tutorials, pop-up questions related to that week's literature will be asked and count for 5% of the ifnal grade.
 
Finally, a midterm and an end-term exam will be undertaken focusing on the understanding of the lectures and literature.


Assumed knowledge 
Theoretical and statistical expertise on the level of bachelor-1 and 2 modules from Social Science is required. Sound knowledge of the English language.


Effort requirements
Active participation in 80% of all seminars, handing in the paper and assignments in time.


Note: this course is also part of the dedicated minor Social Sciences and Economics.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Exchange students need; - Expertise on the level of bachelor-1 and 2 modules from Social Science is required. - Sound knowledge of English language.
Required materials
Literature
Literature is available via full text files in the library.
Study guide
Course manual via Blackboard.
Miscellaneous
All slides will be made available.
Instructional formats
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Lecture

Practical

Project

General remarks
Participation in 80% of the tutorials, meeting the deadlines for essays and assignments; participation in the assessments. The project consist of an extra assignment and a written paper.

Seminar

General remarks
Participation in 80% of the tutorials, meeting the deadlines for essays and assignments; participation in the assessments. The project consist of an extra assignment and a written paper.

Tests
Active participation
Test weight5
Minimum grade5

Mid Term Exam
Test weight20
Minimum grade5

Assessment
Lectures and literature weeks 1-4

Subtest B
Test weight30
Minimum grade5

Assessment
Lectures and literature in weeks 5-9

Assignment
Test weight45
Minimum grade5

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