Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Will people vote in the elections and who will they choose? Will people change their habits in order to prevent plastic pollution? How are people going to react to new regulations related to the pandemic? Have you ever wondered how some behaviours seem so hard to change over time although you’d probably like them to, while in other cases, a huge social change happens quite suddenly almost like out of nowhere? How can you predict what will happen? All these questions are related to social processes and the final effect depends on a mass of people, making decisions on how to behave. In this course, you will try to decipher some basic characteristics of social dynamics.
Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds You will be focusing on what individual people do and how their actions, taken together, lead to a certain result. As a case study, you will investigate how people organise a protest and analyse it step by step with the help of some simple models and simulations that illustrate how humans behave, how they influence each other, and what unexpected outcomes may result from those behaviours. Together, with an international team of experts, we designed a set of examples, illustrations, and exercises that will help you explore modelling and simulations. The course is designed in such a way that you don’t need any mathematical or programming skills for that.
Skip to 1 minute and 47 seconds During this course, you will have a chance to try out this approach by working with some simple models and even experimenting on an imaginary village in a game-like manner. You will experience how such an approach can help you analyse social processes. Finally, it will also help you better understand some basic mechanisms of social behaviour, and you will be able to see the world around you in another light. If you want to find out more, join us.