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Agent-based Modelling in the Social Sciences, 7,5 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Fristående kurs
SUBJECT AREA   Sociology – SO1
  COURSE CODE   771A01
After completing the course the student should at an advanced level be able to
- describe key applications of agent-based simulation modeling (ABM) in the social sciences
- explain the logic behind and the explanatory role of agent-based modeling
- design and program different types of agent-based models
- run agent-based computational experiments
- evaluate the results of agent-based simulations through various forms of statistical sensitivity analyses
Agent-based modeling is an important methodology for analyzing how groups of interacting individuals or other types of agents bring about various macro outcomes.
This course provides a detailed introduction to the agent-based model (ABM) technique. The course covers all the steps in the process of developing an ABM, from theoretical design to model implementation and model evaluation. In the course, an ABM is implemented using object-oriented programing, where the treatment of different types of variables, commands, and procedures are included. The course includes practical work with various types of computer-based experiments, as well as methods for evaluating the robustness of simulation results using various statistical sensitivity analyses.
The course is organized around class discussions, computer-intensive laboratory sessions, and supervised independent work. In addition, students should do independent reading on their own.Language of instruction: English or Swedish
Language of instruction: English

The examination consists of individual programming assignments and a final project, to be determined by the teacher of the course.Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper, or equivalent, within humanities, behavioral or social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, economics, or computer science.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Agent-based Modelling in the Social Sciences
Agent-based Modelling in the Social Sciences
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IEI - Department of Management and Engineering
Registrar No: 2016-00201   Course Code: 771A01      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Sociologi - SOA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level       SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2016-01-29