We study applications of network science methods, this time in the domain of sports. Topics are selected for diversity in research questions and techniques with applications such as passing networks, team rankings, and career trajectories. Student teams present results from the recent literature, possibly with replication, in a mini-conference shortly before the start of EURO 2020.
Network science as a paradigm is entering domains from engineering to the humantities but application is tricky. By examples from recent research on sports, sports administration, and the sociology of sports, students learn to appreciate that, and how, context matters. They will be able to assess the appropriateness of approaches for substantive research problems, and especially when and why quantitative approaches are or are not suitable.
Original research articles will be introduced in the first session. General introduction:
Wäsche, Dickson, Woll & Brandes (2017). Social Network Analysis in Sport Research: An Emerging Paradigm. European Journal for Sport and Society 14(2):138-165. DOI: 10.1080/16138171.2017.1318198
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)