Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


Social Network Analysis

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Sabrina Moretti Tuesday and Wednesday morning by appointment

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course is a theoretical, methodological and practical introduction to the social networks analysis (SNA) and its applications, particularly in the field of the sociology of organizations. Its aim is to supply the knowledge and the skills essential for studying the relationships between social actors, defining models and functions of networks, collecting relational data, and defining measures to analyse social network. In addition, students will be introduced to research practices, by means of software packages, 


In the first part of the course the theoretical, methodological and technical issues relating to the SNA will be presented. In the second and third parts some applications in the field of organizations and work will be analyzed. Students will be invited to apply the theoretical concepts to some concrete cases.

Part 1. Theory and methods of SNA

1. Definition of "network" and "relationship"

2. Elements of graph theory

3. Treatment of relational data

4. Graphs and matrices

5. Network Density 

6. Centrality and centralization indexes

7. Identification of cohesive subgroups

8. Positions and social roles

9. Methods of graphical representation

Part 2. The study of the social capital

1. Definitions of social capital

2. Methods for analysing social capital

3. The study of Granovetter about the role of weak ties

Part 3. The role of networks in scientific organizations

1. The inter-organizational network 

2. Methods for analusing of interorganizational networks

3. SNA applications of the to study of interorganizational networks of small biotech companies

Bridging Courses

Students should have a basic knowledge of statistics and methodology of social research.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1. Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, students should demonstrate to know the main theories about social networks, the tools to analyse them, and a specialized vocabulary.

1.1. Students will attain this knowledge by participating in lectures and by studying the scientific texts proposed by the teacher, and discussed in the classroom.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding: students should consolidate skills in the use of knowledge (know-how), and be able to apply them on some concrete cases proposed by the teacher.

2.1. Classroom discussions, tutorials, study of texts.

3. Capacity of judgment: students should be able to properly analyze social interactions and identify the main properties of networks by using the learned technical tools.

4. Communication skills: discussion coordinated by the teacher about the course topics.

4.1. Development of opportunities for dialogue in the classroom.

5. Learning skills: development of critical skills, logic and problem analysis.

5.1. Classroom discussions, tutorials, study of texts

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Practices coordinated by professor and research fellows.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures and practical applications on network analysis.


Participation in at least three quarters of the lessons and practices.

Course books

Scott J., Social network analysis, Sage, 2013

Granovetter M. Getting a Job A STUDY OF CONTACTS AND CAREERS, Chicago University Press, 1985.


Oral examination.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Study of texts


Study of texts

Course books

Scott J., Social network analysis, Sage, 2013

Granovetter M. Getting a Job A STUDY OF CONTACTS AND CAREERS, Chicago University Press, 1985.


Oral examination.

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