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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Getting Started and Computer Simulations

4 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 85 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Course Introduction5m
Theoretical Simulations4m
Modeling and Mapping6m
Extending Thoughts Computationally (Part 1)6m
Extending Thoughts Computationally (Part 2)5m
Schelling's Segregation Model (Part 1)8m
Schelling's Segregation Model (Part 2)6m
Reflecting on Schelling5m
Expanding on Schelling (Part 1)6m
Expanding on Schelling (Part 2)9m
3 readings
About UCCSS10m
A Note From UC Davis10m
Agent Based Models (ABM)10m
2 practice exercises
ABM Quiz1h
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Artificial Societies: Sugarscape

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 101 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
Sugarscape9m
Sugarscape Components4m
Sugarscape 24m
Sugarscape 3: Inequality (Part 1)7m
Sugarscape 3: Inequality (Part 2)11m
Sugarscape 4: Sex6m
Sugarscape 5: Inheritance7m
Sugarscape 6: Das Kapital10m
Sugarscape 7-10: Pressured to Move13m
Sugarscape 11-12: Sugar & Spice6m
Life on the Brink4m
The Generativist Motto12m
1 reading
Resources40m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Computer Simulations and Characteristics of ABM

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 75 min)
12 videos
CSS for Your Choices5m
Code You Can Live By7m
Gambling High or Low5m
More Risk in Your Life!8m
Today's Questions3m
Agent-Based Emergence (Part 1)7m
Agent-Based Emergence (Part 2)7m
Social Bursts5m
Intuitive Presentation4m
Context Sensitivity5m
Probabilistic Humbleness13m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Model Thinking and Coding Artificial Societies

5 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 118 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Four Model Outcomes (Part 1)5m
Four Model Outcomes (Part 2)10m
Analytical and Numerical10m
All Models Are Wrong10m
Occam's Razor5m
Science: Pure Creativity10m
Agent Based Models Lab Introduction47s
First Turtle7m
Moving Turtle9m
Communicating Turtles12m
Social Epidemiology8m
Conceptual Model6m
Changing People's Health9m
Computer Simulations of the Dead7m
2 readings
Welcome to Peer Review Assignments!10m
Optional / Voluntary / Complementary50m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m

Instructor

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Martin Hilbert 

Professor
Communication, Graduate Group Computer Science Chair Emphasis Computational Social Science

About University of California, Davis

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

About the Computational Social Science Specialization

Digital technology has not only revolutionized society, but also the way we can study it. Currently, this is taken advantage of by the most valuable companies in Silicon Valley, the most powerful governmental agencies, and the most influential social movements. What they have in common is that they use computational tools to understand, and ultimately influence human behavior and social dynamics. An increasing part of human interaction leaves a massive digital footprint behind. Studying it allows us to gain unprecedented insights into what society is and how it works, including its intricate social networks that had long been obscure. Computational power allows us to detect hidden patterns through analytical tools like machine learning and to natural language processing. Finally, computer simulations enable us to explore hypothetical situations that may not even exist in reality, but that we would like to exist: a better world. This specialization serves as a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective, and multi-method guide on how to better understand society and human behavior with modern research tools. This specialization gives you easy access to some of the exciting new possibilities of how to study society and human behavior. It is the first online specialization collectively taught by Professors from all 10 University of California campuses....
Computational Social Science

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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