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People Networks and Neighbours: Understanding Social Dynamics

Lead educator

Dr Agata Komendant-Brodowska (she is from University of Warsaw but collaborates with Wander Jager from UCG on this project)

Department

University College Groningen

Launch date

14-6-2021

Explore a new way of approaching questions about social behaviour

This three-week course will help you understand why social processes seem so unpredictable and understand better the basics of social dynamics. It’s designed to show you a new interesting way of approaching questions about social behaviour. Throughout, you’ll focus on social mechanisms and will explore how models and simulations can help to understand those mechanisms.

Understand how micro behaviours can lead to unexpected results for a group or society

You’ll gain an understanding of how the behaviour of individuals can lead to unexpected results on a group or societal level. You’ll also explore a new way of looking at social phenomena by focussing on underlying mechanisms, and will investigate how models can help decipher social processes.

Explore how similar social processes occur across different contexts

You’ll also explore how similar social processes occur across different contexts, and will experiment with a simple pen-and-paper model and a computer simulation of a social mechanism. Finally, you’ll identify the opportunities that computational social sciences (CSS), especially modelling and simulations, offer for understanding social processes.

Experiment with models and simulations - without any prior mathematical or programming skills

Throughout the course you will be investigating some simple social processes with the help of models that illustrate how humans behave and how they influence each other. For that we will use examples, animations and game-like tools - no mathematical and programming skills are required!

Find out more about social dynamics on the FutureLearn website or follow #FLsocialdynamics on Twitter.

People Networks and Neighbours: Understanding Social Dynamics
Last modified:23 April 2021 2.13 p.m.