Introduction to Computational Social Science, 7.5 credits
Academic year 2022/2023
Spring 2023, 50%, Campus
Start date: 16 January 2023
End date: 19 March 2023
Application deadline: 17 October 2022
Application code: UU-61022 Application
Language of instruction: English
Selection: Final school grades (66%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%)
Registration: 15 December 2022 – 23 January 2023
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 students 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.
Department of Information Technology
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