Who is this class for: This course is aimed at people who are interested in understanding how computational models can be used to answer complex social questions. While experience with mathematical reasoning is helpful, there are no pre-requisites for this course. The material in each module is appropriate for students of any skill level. For college and graduate students who wish to engage with the material in greater depth, each module comes with a NetLogo model that you can download, explore, and build on.

Created by:  University of Pennsylvania

  • Damon Centola

    Taught by:  Damon Centola, Associate Professor

    Annenberg School for Communication
Commitment2-3 hours/ week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 of 5 ratings

Although the course was very short and the homework were so easy, I'm quite satisfied by the insight I got from Prof Centola

Extremely educational. Totally recommend!