Introduction to Network Analysis

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Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Knecht (Independent Researcher)

Date: Thursday, 29/09/16 (09:30 – 18:00)

Max. number of participants: 20

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The focus of social network analysis lays on relations among actors. These relations may merge, show specific structures, have effects, and evolve. Applications of social network analysis can be found in various fields of social research. The workshop is intended to give an introduction to fundamental ideas and applications. Participants become familiar with relevant theoretical arguments and basic statistical methods. We address typical issues related to social network analysis in practice and (if applicable) discuss research projects of participants. Prior knowledge is not required but does not present an obstacle.

Course topics cover

  • Classic and typical applications of sna
  • Fundamental concepts and theoretical approaches
  • Methods for data collection
  • Basic statistics on the individual and network level
  • Discussion of network projects

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Freeman, L. (2004). The development of social network analysis. A Study in the Sociology of Science.
  • Scott, J. (2012). Social network analysis. Sage.

You have to register for the 10th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.