Reorganisation of community structures
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
1° periodo di lezioni - 1° anno (1B) dal Nov 10, 2016 al Dec 17, 2016.
The educational objectives of the course are the following:
- supply the necessary expertise to define the features of the relational contexts to which individuals belong, including in particular those who have suffered the effects of a catastrophic event;
- provide the necessary theoretical and methodological expertise for empirical analysis of the morphological qualities and contents of social networks, through the presentation of some methodological concepts and tools that aid social network analysis;
- make the students able to use an analytical framework for social network analysis to study and take action in relational contexts affected by catastrophic events, both regarding relations between individual subjects and those between collective subjects, and starting from egocentric and sociocentric perspectives.
In order to achieve the educational objectives, the course programme is subdivided into three sections:
1) Theoretical section: - Society as a network; - The concepts of relationship and network in sociology; - Network paradigm: from the epistemological premise to the practice of social research.
2) Methodological section: - Introduction to social network analysis; - Relational sociology and social network analysis; - Personal and whole network analysis; - Relational data collection; - Representation of social networks, graph theory and data matrices; - Centrality and centralization; - Breakdown and condensation of graphs; - Analysis of positions and roles in social networks.
3) Empirical application section: - The application of social network analysis to the study of catastrophic events: cognitive potential and directions for social intervention; - Presentation, by way of example, of research carried out in contexts affected by catastrophic events, either of natural origin or connected to acts of terrorism, using both personal and whole social network analysis, in the study of networks consisting of individual subjects and those made up of collective subjects.
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