Welcome to Introduction to Computational Social Systems! This course will cover an overview of approaches to Computational Social Systems from the perspectives of Computer Science, Sociology, Business Administration, Psychology, and Law studies. Students in this course become familiar with the interdisciplinary bridges between approaches and how current research is connecting disciplines. A successful student of this course will be able to discuss a topic in Computational Social Systems from the viewpoint of various disciplines. It takes the form of a “Ringvorlesung” with a weekly talk by an expert in aspects of Computational Social Systems from computational, legal, sociological and psychological perspectives.
The course assessment is based on student group projects (max 4 students). Student groups must mix students of at least two different majors. Group name lists have to be communicated before Oct 25th to email@example.com. Student projects should be developed during the course and presented in one of the last three sessions (Jan 2024), with all students in the project participating in the presentation. Course lecturers can ask questions to the students after each presentation. By the end of the course, a short written report on the project (max 8 pages, single column, 11pt) has to be submitted. Two additional dates will be announced for written replacement examination dates, but we encourage students to participate in the student projects instead.
Information about student projects: Students develop a research topic for their projects, covering the necessary steps for a larger project that motivates an empirical analysis to be done in other courses (e.g. Foundations of Computational Social Systems). Lecturers will compose a list of project topics and suggested readings by October 9th, from which the students can select project topics. You can also select your own topic for your project as long as it is clearly related to Computational Social Systems.
Parts that should be included in a project:
Grading – weight and dimensions: Semester projects will be assessed according to the following criteria: