Introduction to Computational Social Science, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 15 January 2024

    End date: 17 March 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-61022 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Final school grades (66%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%)

    Registration: 15 December 2023 – 22 January 2024

Entry requirements: General entry requirements


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 16,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 16,250

About the course

The course introduces computational approaches to model human behaviour and social phenomena. Core concepts in computational social science are covered, such as observational studies (what types of data exist, possible biases and how to use data for modelling), basic concepts and techniques for running experiments (asking vs. observing, natural experiments, simulations, validity and generalisation) and discuss key issues such as ethical considerations.

The course has both a theoretical and a practical perspective, where you learn basic principles and also how to apply them in practice in three main areas:

  • social network analysis
  • text analysis
  • agent-based modelling and simulation.

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Department of Information Technology

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