Computational social science

With the rapid increase in the availability and use of computers, and their capacity to process information rapidly, the value of knowledge associated with computational resources has increased substantially. The purpose of this area is to encourage students to learn a set of methods that are associated with various computational orientations to social science. This includes such things as social network analysis, social sequence analysis, topic modeling, and other “Big Data” approaches to data analysis. This is largely a methods-oriented area, but it also addresses emerging theories about sampling and the nature of social relationships within a highly networked society.