POL279

Official Description: Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Structure of political networks, socio-matrices and affiliation networks; general networks characteristics: density, centralization, polarization, interdependence, dyadic and triadic characteristics: structural and role equivalence; subsets of networks: cliques, blocks and bloc modeling; characteristics of individuals in networks: centrality and prestige.

Instructors: Zeev Moaz

Other info and comments: Tends to be offered every-other fall (2013, 2015, etc.). Syllabus

Software used: The instructor’s MoazNet is used extensively, but students are free to complete assignments using the software of their choice.

One Response to POL279

  1. Michael says:

    This class can be a useful introduction to social network analysis. It relies mostly on the classic textbook, Wasserman and Faust, and many of the analyses covered are universal (centrality, betweenness, structural equivalence, mutuality, transitivity, community detection, etc.). However, topics are presented through a decidedly political lens (lots on coalition formation and maintenance). Some of the methods are the instructor’s own and are not commonly used by others (to be fair, he is a giant in the field), and it’s often not clear whether a measure is widely used or one of his own. On the other hand, there is lots of freedom to work with your own data for assignments and a final project and in whatever environment you prefer.

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