SOC40640 Social Simulation: Methods and Models

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is grounded on key concepts of analytical sociology, with particular focus on agent-based models. Social dynamics is defined as the set of potentially heterogeneous individual behaviours and its ensuing collective outcomes. During the entire trimester you are expected to engage in discussions and assessments regarding the understanding of how to understand, model and test mechanisms influencing micro (local or individual) and macro (global or collective) dynamics.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: (a) correctly discuss key concepts of analytical sociology, with particular focus on data and theory driven agent-based modelling; and (b) apply formative peer feedback to your own work, including the phases of creation, assessment and evaluation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
(1) inquiry-driven / task-based case studies;
(2) stimulation of curiosity and learning independence;
(3) development of topic-specific critical thinking;
(4) student presentations and / or group work;
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: PeerScholar and BrightSpace activities. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Multiple Choice Questionnaire Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.