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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 411 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Simulating Social Processes: An Introduction to Agent Based Modeling

Elizabeth M. Roberto

This course introduces students to the study of social processes using agent based models (ABMs)--computer simulations in which agents interact and generate social outcomes such as norms, culture, and inequality. In the first part of the course, we will discuss the theoretical foundations of ABMs, how to design models that explore empirical questions, and practice generating, visualizing, and analyzing results. The second part will focus on ABM applications in the social sciences and their substantive implications. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of ABMs, and will produce their own model for the final project.

Sample reading list:
John Miller and Scott Page, Complex Adaptive Systems
Peter Hedstrom, Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical SOC
Thomas Schelling, Micromotives and Macrobehavior
Damon Centola, Robb Willer and Michael W. Macy, The Emperor's Dilemma:
Paul DiMaggio and Feliz Garip, How Network Externalities Can Exacerbate Intergroup Inequali
Elizabeth Bruch and Robert D. Mare, Neighborhood Choice and Neighborhood Change
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading responses, 4 homework assignments, midterm essay, and final project.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required

Other information:
Open to graduate students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22844 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:9 Limit:13