(a). The student is expected to spend 9 hours per week on this course, which means a 6-hour preparation and review work plus 3-hour class attendance.
(b). The assignment (the reading and the computer simulation exercises) will be given at the end of each ppt of the lecture.
(c). The student is required to reflect upon the lecture received the week and propose questions, comments, or observations before the lecture of the next week. This “weekly report” needs to be submitted to the web as indicated in the class. The late
submission will not be accepted.
Week One (Lectured on Feb 24, 2021)
Background, History, and All Warm-Ups
(a) Let us begin the story with a genius, John von Neumann (1903-1957)
(b) When did Social Science become computational and Computer Science become
(c) A fascinating history of computational social science
Week Two (Lectured on March 3, 2021)
John Conway and His Game of Life: CSS coming to the 1970s
(a) How simple things get so complex and hard to predict?
(b) Can Life extend without limit? Can you win the award?
(c) It is all in NetLogo
Week Three (Lectured on March 10, 2021)
Stephen Wolfram and New Kind of Science: CSS coming to the 1980s
(a) Butterfly Effect: Sensitivity to small changes
(b) Small is Big: There is nothing unimportant.
(c) Identify new types of social phenomena: Systematic way of doing social science
(d) The first simulation for interesting social dynamics: On the edge of chaos
(e) NetLogo, Computer Science, Cellular Automata
Week Four (Lectured on March 17, 2021):
Sustainable Development and Ecological Balance
(a) Uri Wilensky and his perception of science education: Low threshold and high ceiling
(b) Wolves and sheep in meadows
(c) Alfred Lotka (1880-1949) and Vito Volterra (1860-1940)
(d) Predatory-and-Prey Dynamics: Lotka-Volterra Equation3
(e) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Biology, Wolf Sheep Predation
Week Five (Lectured on March 24, 2021)
Segregation in Metropolitan Areas
(a) Thomas Schelling: The 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics
(b) Why people with different ethnic groups choose a different residential concentration?
(c) Thomas Schelling and his Segregation Models
(d) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, Segregation
Week Six (Lectured on March 31, 2021):
Tutorial on Netlogo Programming (lectured by Dr. Tina Yu). Please bring your own computer.
Week Seven (Lectured on April 7, 2021):
Public Health and Epidemiology
(a) AIDS, SARS, and Bird Flu
(b) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, AIDS
Week Seven (Lectured on April 14, 2021)
Efficiency and Equity: The El Farol Bar Problem
(a) Brian Arthur and the El Farol Bar
(b) Congestion and idle capacity: Too much and too little
(c) Social Exclusion
(d) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, El Farol
Week Nine (April 21, 2021)
Week Ten (Lectured on April 28, 2021)
Traffic on the HighWay
(a) Driver behavior and Traffic
(b) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, Traffic Basic, Grid, 2 lines
Week Eleven (Lectured on May 5, 2021)
Gossip and Social Networks
(a) Gossip: Everybody like it so long as it is not about you
(b) Social network: Your Facebook, Skype,...
(c) How fast gossip can go: Significance of social networks
(d) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, Rumor Mill
Week Twelve (Lectured on May 12, 2021)
Time and Hero: Who Made Whom?
(a) Reynold Boyd and His Flocking Project
(b) Who made a hero? Nobody, it is all self-organizing!
(c) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Biology, Flocking
Week Thirteen (May 19, 2021)
NCCU Anniversary's Celebration. No class.
Week Fourteen (Lectured on May 26, 2021)
Great Minds Think Alike
(a) It is all done by tacit agreements
(b) What we can learn from Fireflies?
(c) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Biology, Fireflies
Week Fifteen (Lectured on June 2, 2021)
From Gossip Network to Financial Stability
(a) If you don't do it now, you will regret it.
(b) Stock market, foreign exchange market, should the government intervene?
(c) Natural of intervention
(d) NetLogo User Community Models: Artificial Financial Markets
Week Sixteen (Lectured on June 9, 2021)
From Interpersonal Relation to the Formation of Culture
(a) Robert Axtell, one of the BACH group
(b) Homophily: Which classmates you are most close to, why?
(c) Cultural Formation: Schelling-Axtell Model
(d) NetLogo Models Library: Sample Models/Social Science, Party
(e) NetLogo User Community Models: Dissemination of Culture
Week Seventeen (Lectured on June 16, 2021):
Tutorial on Netlogo Programming II (lectured by Dr. Tina Yu). Please bring in your own computer.
(a) Sakoda's Social Interaction Models
Week Eighteen (Lectured on June 23, 2021):
Final Exam: In-Class Presentation