Complex Social Systems
Cancelled due to COVID-19 – to be rescheduled ASAP
Attendance dates:To be confirmed
Time commitment: 3 days
Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Complexity social science represents an important new suite of methods that moves researchers beyond the traditional reliance on quantitative or qualitative approaches.
This course will introduce you to complex social systems and the challenges of complexity social science and policy research. You will learn about a range of methods to tackle these challenges, in particular focusing on methods to understand complex causality including qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and process tracing/Bayesian updating. You will encounter real-world case studies, within the research and policy processes.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the challenge of complexity in the social sciences and policy research (C, K, P and T)
- Be able to use QCA and process tracing/Bayesian updating as methods in social science research (K, C, P and T)
- Understand how QCA and process tracing/Bayesian updating help elicit causality in complex social systems (C and K)
- Confidently apply the methods to relevant case studies (P and T),
- Introduction to complex social systems in social science and policy research
- Causality in complex systems
- Deep uncertainty and “wicked” problems
- Process tracing
- Bayesian updating
- Narratives and evidence
- Social science and policy research.
- Byrne, D. and Callaghan, G., 2013. Complexity theory and the social sciences: the state of the art. Routledge.
- Rihoux, B. and Ragin, C.C., 2009. Configurational comparative methods: qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and related techniques. Sage Publishing.
Maximum of 20 people. Please note, 10 participants will be students from our MSc Social Research Methods course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£595Government and commercial sector applicants
£495Education and charitable sector applicants
How to apply
Applications for this course are currently closed.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the latest advice from the government relating to large gatherings, we have taken the decision to cancel future dates for this course, until further notice. Those who have registered for this course will be contacted directly regarding refunds. Please bear with us as this may take up to 14 working days to process. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.
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