Network methods for policy research

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode SOMASN07
Vaknaam Network methods for policy research
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Network methods for policy research
Leerdoelen After following this course, students will be able to differentiate between dyad-level, actor-level, and network-level research questions, and between ego-centered, socio-centered, and link-tracing designs of social network studies. They will understand the network concepts of centrality, position, and cohesive subgroups. They can interpret analytical results obtained with blockmodels, exponential random graph models, and stochastic actor-based models. They can critically reflect on appropriateness of these network analytical methods for a given research question.
Omschrijving Social networks are formal representations of the way how social actors relate to each other and depend on each other. As such, they offer a good framework for understanding how a system of interdependent social actors functions, i.e., how actors create networks and how networks affect individual-level and network-level outcomes. This analytical framework can be particularly useful in policy research when studying the interaction of multiple stakeholders, e.g., in a policy arena, or in the management of a common resource.

Because of its focus on interdependence, the empirical study of social networks requires special, dedicated methods of data analysis. This course covers the most important of these social network analysis methods and their application in policy research.

The course consists of lecture elements, seminar presentations, software portrayals, and a final exam.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm colloquium, computerpracticum, hoorcollege
Toetsvorm deelname, presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen (essay) DIGITAL
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. C.E.G. Steglich
Docent(en) dr. C.E.G. Steglich
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Doing Social Network Research (SAGE, 2015) Garry L. Robins 978-1446276136 €  36,99
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students MSc level - Autumn semester (Sep-Jan) - semester I a keuze SO
Ma sociologie  (Ma sociologie (Sociologie van de Netwerksamenleving) ) 1 semester I a verplicht