SOC40640 Social Simulation: Methods and Models

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is grounded on key concepts of analytical sociology, with particular focus on agent-based models. Social dynamics is defined as the set of potentially heterogeneous individual behaviours and its ensuing collective outcomes. Throughout the trimester you are expected to engage in discussions regarding the understanding of influences of both micro (local or individual) and macro (global or collective) dynamics.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: (a) correctly discuss key concepts of analytical sociology, with particular focus on types of data, research and agent-based modelling; and (b) apply the Overview, Design concepts and Details protocol.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
(1) inquiry-driven / task-based case studies;
(2) stimulation of curiosity and learning independence;
(3) development of topic-specific critical thinking;
(4) student presentations and / or group work;
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 5,000 word essay Unspecified n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Multiple Choice Questions Unspecified n/a Graded No


Project: Project Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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