Online (Zoom), August 11, 2020, 9.00 – 12.30 (Romanian time, in English)
This course provides a hands-on overview of applied social network analysis techniques and their theoretical underpinnings in political and social sciences.
By the end of it, you will be able to understand the opportunities and limitations of basic exploratory analyses using different types of relational data for analyses in different contexts: politics, economics, sociology, psychology.
We begin with the practical challenges and solutions in working with network data, and then introduce you to network structures, actors’ positions within networks, and the implications of these for different behaviors. Towards the end of the session, we will cover practical issues related to analysis instruments and results interpretations.
The course combines workshop-style activities, using example datasets, and making use of data visualizations, including discussions of network, political, and social theory in conducting social network research.
This course is for those who have heard about network analysis and think it might be a useful toolkit in their own research. Exploratory network analysis is suitable for anyone doing qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods research.
No prior knowledge required.