Theory and Methods for Social Network Analysis
Instructor: Filip Agneessens (University of Surrey, UK)
This course will provide an introduction to theories and methods for social network analysis (SNA). It aims to be a practical introduction to SNA for those that might have had a brief introduction into social network analysis (such as the course offered by Thomas Friemel), but would like to know more about important measures of SNA, and their relevance in practice. At the theoretical level we will focus on concepts such as Granovetter's strength of weak ties, Burt's structural holes, Krachkardt's Simmelian ties, Heider's balance theory, as well as discuss classic research on centrality, centralization, clustering and homophily. At the same time we will discuss how to analyse social networks with UCINET. We will focus on structural properties of the network (e.g. density, centralization, homophily, and clustering), as well as on how to identify important persons in a network (e.g. degree centrality, structural holes, ...).