Social network analysis is a theoretical and methodological tool to understand social structures, how they emerge from individual behaviors and at the same time how they affect them. Thanks to the deep penetration of online social platforms, today we can observe and often analyze links on a scale that far exceeds what was possible just a few decades ago. While this drives new methodologies, the large-scale networks that we can observe can still be informed by classic questions in social network theory while also stimulating the production of new theory. In this course we take a quick tour of the classic ideas and methods of this paradigm. We demonstrate how they are not only applicable to contemporary digital networks,but how they have developed thanks to the data that we can extract from Twitter, Facebook and other digital platforms. We will accompany the theoretical and methodological tour with practical sessions to learn to handle network analysis and visualization tools such as Gephi and others.
Course by Emanuele Cozzo .
First session: Introduction to network thinking.
Second session: Hands-on! Installation of tools
Tuesday May 18, 6pm - Practical session to learn and install the different tools that allow us to analyze and visualize networks.
Third session: Network analysis and modeling
Fourth session: Social Big Data and social network analysis