The course provides an overview to the emerging field of computational social science. Through exploring computational social science methods and their use in social sciences today, this course helps students to engage with questions on research design. The goal is that
We eecommend that students also participate in Introduction to programming. The courses are designed to support each other.
Course schedule, location and other administrative details are available in University of Helsinki course page.
Pre-readings help students to orient to class content and allows us to have more indepthful discussions. This year, you'll mostly read book chapters from forthcoming text book "Coding Social Science. Understanding and Doing Social Science." This is a text book I'm currently writing and I want to see how sections in the book are working for students.
Lectures are not mandatory but I make no guarantees that the slides make sense without being present in the lecture (i.e.; I'll aim to make presentation slides) nor can the student join the intellectual discussions around the theme. Thus, I encourage studetns to join the lectures.
Each student writes learning diary
When writing a learning diary, avoid repeating what was said and rather weight your own opinions. We will use an online platform for these discussions and students are expected to comment the after-lecture notes by providing their insights and comments to the posts.
Plase limit the length of learning diary to 250 words just to give an idea of the size of contribution (which is small) in these learning diaries. To foster the interaction, it is mandatory to respond to at least one after-lecture notes (and I will also engage the discussion). If you miss a class, kindly write at least three comments to the posts. (No need to write an after-lecture summary, naturally.)
As an final assigment, you will write a research proposal where they apply the methods or concepts presented in this course to a research question or problem they find interesting. This is motivated by the academy of Finland application forms for early career researchers. You must submit a Postdoctoral Researcher applications and reguired appendixes. Follow the Academy of Finland guidelines on content, length etc. Naturally, you won't be using the Academy of Finland online template, but submit them in a single document.
If you're not a PhD student, we can discuss alternative ways of doing this as well.
20% of the grade is based on the lecture diary.
80% of the grade is based on the quality and innovativeness of the research proposal. I will use the Academy of Finland review form for the evaluation.
Goal of lecture
Non-mandatory commenting and peer-commenting session
Final deadline for research proposal