Welcome to Week 1:

  • Review Syllabus
  • Review Course Calendar

Lectures: 

Readings:

  • Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo. 2003. Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means  Plume Press.

OR

  • Christakis, N.A. & J.H. Fowler. (2009) Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do. Back Bay Books

Assignments:

  • Practicum Assignment:

Week #1: Getting Set Up (start with ReadMe.txt file)

  • Annotation:
    • Use hypothes.is to annotate this page as well as the Welcome to SNA post.  Please tag all annotations with ‘SNA18’.  You may create other tags for your posts but all posts must also include the class tag (SNA18).  Use this link to join the SNA18 group.
  • Blog: 
    • Using your rampages account, discuss the ways in which networks shape our lives with particular emphasis on digital networks and the internet.  Base your discussion on the book you selected to read.  What is the central argument being made in the book?  In other words, what is the central thesis of the book?  How does the author support the central thesis?  In other words, what evidence is presented to convince the reader of the validity of the thesis?  Do you agree/disagree with the central claims of the author?
  • Reflection Question
    • Reflect on the quote “Individuals live at the intersection of countless social threads” — Georg Simmel
      Do you agree/disagree? Explain.