Social Network Analysis, 7.5 credits (771A23)

Social nätverksanalys, 7.5 hp

Main field of study

Computational Social Science


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Christian Steglich

Course coordinator

Christian Steglich

Director of studies or equivalent

Karl Wennberg
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MCD Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science 2 (Spring 2019) v201909-201913 English Norrköping o

Main field of study

Computational Social Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in the humanities, social-, cultural-, behavioural-, natural-, computer-, or engineering-sciences.
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B).

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should at an advanced level be able to:

  • explain basic concepts and theories of network analysis in the social sciences, and understand how these concepts and theories can help explain different actors’ micro behaviors as well as macro outcomes;
  • critically examine the ways in which networks can contribute to the explanation of social, political, economic and cultural phenomena;
  • use statistical software to visualize networks and analyze their properties, connecting these to network concepts and theories;
  • explain principles underlying statistical models for social networks;
  • use software to implement statistical models of social networks to analyze network formation and evolution;
  • use software to simulate the dynamics of networks based on social network models.


Course content

This course presents key concepts, measures, and statistical techniques needed for the analysis of relational, social network data using a computational approach. Network concepts such as centrality and brokerage are discussed, and popular measures related to these concepts are reviewed. The course proceeds to computational methods for handling network data, producing network visualizations, and calculating relevant statistics. Statistical models applicable to network data are considered, and tutorials in relevant software tools are provided. Various statistical models for network data are presented and estimated in interactive computer labs involving real data, and methods for simulating network models are implemented.


Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures, readings, computor labs, and seminars. Homework and independent studies are a necessary complement to the course.
Language of instruction: English


The course is examined through written assignments, active participation on seminars, computer labs, and a final written individual assignment.
Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide. 

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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