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Social and Political Networks (SPS-REAVR-NET-22)

SPS-REAVR-NET-22


Department SPS
Course category SPS Methods Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2022-2023
Term 1ST TERM
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
Professors
Contact Lechleitner, Maureen
  Course materials
Sessions

07/10/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

14/10/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

21/10/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

28/10/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 4, Badia Fiesolana

04/11/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

11/11/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

18/11/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

25/11/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

02/12/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

09/12/2022 11:00-13:00 @ Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Purpose

This objective of this course is to introduce SPS researchers to social network theory and analysis. There will be an emphasis on applications to political science and sociology, but the scope of the course is broader. This is both a theory and a methods course. The weekly meetings are organized around a key theoretical concept, hypothesis, notion or insight from social network analysis. In a typical week we read a chapter from a textbook, do the textbook exercises, read a scientific article about networks of people, organizations, or countries that have to do with that key theme, and complete an assignment. Occasionally a portion of the lecture is reserved for dealing with software and practical issues in network data analysis, but the course is aimed at PhD level conceptual analysis, not on practical implementation. If you are looking to learn how to work with network data, a dedicated workshop is preferred.
 

Description

Learning Outcomes:  Understand the distinction between behavioralism and institutionalism, and their theoretical assumptions, including the similarities and differences of the three branches (rational choice, sociological and historical institutionalism). Be able to propose research designs and methodologies derived from these three schools for specific empirical problems. Learn from key examples how to parse the literature and develop a rationale and justification for a dissertation puzzle. Develop a sensitivity to the fit of theortical model to a given empirical application.

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