Topics in Quantitative Sociology

Fall 2020 ENSAE

Course outline

The course is organized around ten sessions that walk you through as many different research methods. The structure of each of these ten sessions is the following. In the half hour, I start with i) an overview of a particular method (e.g., laboratory experiments), ii) introduce a subject area and its usual treatment in the literature, iii) then detail how this week’s method differs in its approach of the question. The rest of the time is dedicated to the presentation (by students) and in-class discussion of two empirical case-studies.

Week 1 - 7 Oct, 15:15-17:15: Introduction

Week 2 - 21 Oct, 15:15-17:15: Social Biology

Week 3 - 28 Oct, 15:15-17:15: Qualitative & Mixed approaches

Week 4 - 4 Nov, 15:15-17:15: Experiments

Week 5 - 18 Nov, 15:15-17:15: Social Mechanisms

Week 6 - 25 Nov, 15:15-17:15: Social Patterns

Week 7 - 2 Dec, 15:15-17:15: Social Networks

Week 8 - 9 Dec, 15:15-17:15: Historical approaches

Week 9 - 16 Dec, 15:15-17:15: Social Ecology

Week 10 - 6 Jan, 15:15-17:15: Mathematical Sociology

Week 11 - 13 Jan, 15:15-17:15: Social physics

Week 12 - 20 Jan, 15:15-17:15: Conclusion