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Social Network Analysis: 7 - 9 May 2019

 

Social network analysis

Social Network Analysis (University of Surrey Sociology Short Course Series)

7 - 9 May 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Introduction:

‘One of the most potent ideas in the social sciences is the notion that individuals are embedded in thick webs of social relations and interactions’ (Borgatti et al. 2009, p. 892). Social network analysis helps us understand individuals’ contact with the larger social world. It focuses on relationships between social entities, and analyses patterns of social interaction and their influence on individual behaviour. For instance, social network analysis is used to study the role of social capital in getting better jobs; the spread of infectious diseases, ideas, and ‘fake news’; criminal collaboration in terrorist and organised crime groups. It also helps us understand the impact of personal networks on individual behaviour, e.g. whether adolescents with many smokers among their friends are more likely to start smoking.

 

Online Social Research: 29 April - 1 May 2019

 

Online Social Research

Online Social Research (University of Surrey Sociology Short Course Series)

29 April - 1 May 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Introduction:

The rapid expansion of the internet has presented researchers with a range of new ways to collect data about the social world, generating important new insights into social behaviour and interaction.

This course is designed to give you an introduction to online social research, covering a range of qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analysing online data and for exploring digital social phenomena. Using a combination of lectures and hands-on practical sessions, we will explore various aspects of online social research including ways to collect data, the ethics of online research, and methods to analyse online data.

 

Complex Social Systems: 11 - 13 March 2019

 

Complex social systems

Complex Social Systems (University of Surrey Sociology Short Course Series)

11 - 13 March 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Introduction:

Complexity social science represents an important new suite of methods that moves researchers beyond the traditional reliance on quantitative or qualitative approaches. This module introduces participants to complex social systems and the challenges of complexity social science and policy research. The course introduces students to a range of methods to tackle these challenges, in particular focussing on methods to understand complex causality. Two methods are covered in particular: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Process Tracing/Bayesian Updating. Both methods will be introduced through real world case studies and situated within the research and policy process.

 

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Computer-assisted qualitative and mixed methods data analysis: Harnessing NVivo: 4 - 6 March 2019

 

Computer-assisted

Computer-assisted qualitative and mixed methods data analysis: Harnessing NVivo (University of Surrey Sociology Short Course Series)

4 - 6 March 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Introduction:

Qualitative and mixed methods researchers are increasingly making use of advanced computer software packages to enhance the research process and facilitate more in-depth, multi-layered analytic approaches. NVivo is one of the leading Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages designed to facilitate the range of qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. It is widely used to undertake literature reviews, systematise analyses, aid transparency, make projects portable and work in teams. NVivo facilitates the management and analysis of text, spreadsheet, pdf, image, social media, audio and video data, making it a relevant tool for flexible work across disciplines and sectors.

 

Practical Survey Design and Web-Based Methods: 25 - 27 February 2019

 

Survey Design

Practical Survey Design and Web-Based Methods (University of Surrey Sociology Short Course Series)

25 - 27 February 2019, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Introduction:

Surveys are a key tool for social research that enables us to quantify the views and opinions of the public in a systematic and generalizable way. And with the growth of online methodologies, researchers are now able to access large numbers of people with comparatively little cost. But the use of online surveys presents a number of new challenges for survey methodology, including questions around appropriate sampling strategies, question wording and layout decisions in the era of mobile first surveys, and the implications of low response rates for survey quality.