Practical: Social Networks
Full course description
In this skills training students will reconsider a number of topics discussed in the course ‘Social Behaviour’ within the specific context of online social network sites (e.g., Facebook). This, however, requires that students possess basic knowledge of networking principles as well as the ability to apply these principles. For this purpose, students will work on a number of computer assignments. These assignments consist of measuring, visualising, and analysing social networks by using network analysis methods. For example, students map out their own Facebook network and reproduce the classic Stanley Milgram 6 six degrees of separation experiment in the information age. In addition they learn about the influence of certain frequently occurring network principles on both the functioning of groups and the dissemination of information.
- can explain network analysis and conduct research in this domain;
- can measure, analyze and visualize social networks.