Social Networks (POLI 100F, UC San Diego)

Course Texts:
Christakis, Nicholas A. and James H. Fowler. 2009. "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How TheyShape        Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do." New York: Little, Brown and Co.
Easley, David and Jon Kleinberg. 2010.  "Networks, Crowds and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World." Cambridge        University Press.
Wasserman, Stanley and Katherine Faust. 1994. "Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications." Cambridge University Press.
Newman, Mark. 2018. "Networks." Oxford University Press.


Session One - Course Introduction
Knoke & Yang - Introduction to Social Network Analysis (2020)
Mark Newman - What is a network? (ch. 1)
Wasserman and Faust - Social Network Analysis in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (ch. 1)

Session Two - Network analysis: fundamental concepts
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 1)
Mark Newman - Social Networks (ch.4)
Easley and Kleinberg - Overview (ch. 1)
Yang et al - Basics of Social Network Analysis (ch. 1)

Session Three - Network analysis: static networks
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 2)
Easley and Kleinberg - Graphs (ch. 2)
Stanley Milgram - The Small World Problem (1967)
Travers and Milgram - An experimental study of the small world problem (1967)

Session Four - Network analysis: dynamic networks
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 3)
Easley and Kleinberg - Strong and Weak Ties (ch. 3)
Easley and Kleinberg - Networks in Their Surrounding Contexts (ch.4)
Gilbert et al. - The surprising power of neighborly advice (2009)

Session Five - Social norms: evolution
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 4)
Michael Tomasello and Amrisha Vaish - Origins of Human Cooperation (2012)
Bowles and Gintis - A Cooperative Species (ch. 1)
Francesco Guala - Understanding Institutions (ch. 4)
R. I. Dunbar - Coevolution of neocortex size, group size and language in humans (1995)

Session Six - Social norms: network diffusion
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 5)
Dan Sperber - The Epidemiology of Beliefs (1990)
Dan Sperber - Selection and Attraction in Cultural Evolution (1995)
Deborah Terry and Michael Hogg - Group Norms and the Attitude-Behavior Relationship (1996)
Robert Cialdini - Descriptive Social Norms as Underappreciated Sources of Social Control (2007)

Session Seven - Social norms: planned change
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 7)
Gerry Mackie - Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account (1996)
Gerry Mackie - Social Norms Change, Believing Makes It So (2018)
Yvonne Riaño - Urban Fear and Violence in Bogotá (2010)
Bo Rothstein - Anti corruption, the indirect 'big bang' approach (2011)

Session Eight - Political networks
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 6)
Yang et al - Political Networks (ch. 8)
Bond et al - A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization (2012)
Adamic and Glance - The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog (2005)
Katz and Stafford - A Social Network Analysis of the Federal Judiciary (2010)

Session Nine - Political networks
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 8)
James Fowler - Connecting the Congress (2006)
James Fowler and Sangick Jeon - The Authority of Supreme Court Precedent (2007)
Hafner-Burton, Kahler and Montgomery - Network Analysis for International Relations (2009)

Session Ten - Network Theory
Christakis and Fowler - Connected (ch. 9)
Zeev Maoz - Preferential Attachment, Homophily and the Structure of International Networks 1816-2003 (2012)
David Lake and Danielle Jung - Markets, Hierarchies and Networks (2011)
David A. Siegel - Social Networks and Collective Action (2009)