Social Network Analysis (SNA) seeks to understand how the patterns of relations in a system create structures, in particular in the organizational contexts. These relations create opportunities and constraints for individuals who participate in the network. SNA is distinct from the mainstream attribute-based research agenda. Foremost, interpersonal relation is the unit of analysis in SNA, while person or household or institution is the unit of analysis in the attribute based research. The course will be taught with equal emphasis on theory and application. On theoretical side, from simple to complex, concepts will be taught using narrative discourse (a lot of examples from the field). However, some mathematical graph theory will also be used. On application part, UCINET, software designed for the analysis of network data will be used.
- Teacher: Bino Paul