B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Economics, B.S. in Economics and Statistics, B.S. in Economics and Mathematical Sciences, Additional Major in Economics, Additional Major in Economics and Statistics, Minor in Economics, Minor in Innovation, Economics, and Entrepreneurship
Interaction is a fundamental part of social science: firms market products to consumers, people
share opinions and information with their friends, workers collaborate on projects, agents form
alliances and coalitions. In this course, we will use the emerging field of social networks to put
structure on this diverse mass of connections. Using a mixture of theoretical, empirical, and
computational methods, we will learn about the structure and function of social networks. We
will look at how an individual's position in a social network reflects her role in the community. We
will learn to identify tastemakers and trendsetters by looking at how information moves through
our increasingly connected society. We will consider how our own position in the social network
affects our behavior, opinions, and outcomes. And we will explore where social networks come
from, and what affects their structure. The material in this course will be interdisciplinary, drawn
from the fields of math, computer science, physics, sociology, political science, and economics.
By the end of the course, you will have the tools and knowledge needed to analyze social
networks on your own. The course is capped with a project where you will use your skills to
answer your own questions. !