Introduction to social network analysis using UCINET and Netdraw

2-6 July 2018

This is an introductory course, covering the concepts, methods and data analysis techniques of social network analysis. The course is based on the book “Analyzing Social Networks” by Borgatti et al. (Sage) and all participants will be issued with a copy of the book. The course begins with a general introduction to the distinct goals and perspectives of social network analysis, followed by a practical discussion of network data, covering issues of collection, validity, visualization, and mathematical/computer representation. We then take up the methods of detection and description of structural properties, such as centrality, cohesion, subgroups and positional analysis techniques. This is a hands on course largely based around the use of UCINET software, and will give participants experience of analyzing real social network data using the techniques covered in the workshop. No prior knowledge of social network analysis is assumed for this course.

Course objectives

The course will:

  1. Introduce the idea of Social Network Analysis
  2. Explain how to describe and visualise networks using specialist software (UCINET)
  3. Explain key concepts of Social Network Analysis (e.g. Cohesion, Brokerage).
  4. Provide hands-on training to use software to investigate social network structure

Course timetable

Day one

Introduction to Social Network Analysis, terminology and the software UCINET/Netdraw.  Chapters 1 and 2

Day two

Morning – Collecting Social Network Data and Research Design. Chapters 3 and 4

Afternoon – Data mangement and Visualization. Chapter 5 and 7

Day three

Morning – Multivariate techniques and whole networks. Chapters 6 and 9.

Afternoon – Centrality and Ego networks. Chapter 10 and 15.

Day four

Morning – Equivalence and core-periphery. Chapter 12

Afternoon – Subgroups and two-mode networks. Chapters 11 and 13

Day five

Morning – Testing hypothesis and Large networks. Chapters 8 and 14.

Chapter numbers refer to the book “Analyzing Social Networks) by Borgatti et al. (Sage).  Timetable is subject to change.

Course presenters

The course will be presented by Nick Crossley and Elisa Bellotti.

Elisa Bellotti is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester. Along with being part of the Sociology department, she is a member of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, where she organises the weekly seminar series. She teaches introductory and advanced workshops in social network analysis and egonetworks, and in mixed methods in SNA. Before arriving in Manchester in 2008, she worked as research fellow at University of Turin and University of Bozen, Italy. She completed her PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research in 2006 at Catholic University of Milan. Her research interests mainly focus on relational sociology and its link with other mainstream sociological theories; and on social network analysis and mixed methods. She has taken this approach in several sociological substantive areas, such as the study of intimacy and personal relationships, sociology of science, criminal networks, inter and intra organisational ties, and sociology of consumption.

Nick Crossley is professor of sociology at the University of Manchester. His main work using social network analysis has focused upon music worlds, social movements and covert networks. He has also written extensively about ‘relational sociology’, a theoretical position which advocates a focus upon networks in sociology. His most recent book is Networks of Sound, Style and Subversion: the Punk and Post-Punk Worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield, 1975-1976 (Manchester University Press).

Prior or recommended knowledge/reading/skills

None required but it would be useful to read Scott, J (2000) Social Network Analysis: A Handbook. Sage.

Software to be used

UCINET and Netdraw. It is useful for participants to bring their own laptops running windows (Macs will need to have a PC emulator) and to have downloaded the software in advance.

This can be done for a free period of time from Analytictech website.


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