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Social Networks, Game Theory, and the Nature of Trust


  • [Mar 25, 2013] Location updated for the second session (June 14-15, starts 9am on Friday, SR 00-031, Geb. 51)
  • [Mar 20, 2013] Time and location updated for the first session (April 19, 10am s.t. to 1pm, SR 00-031, Geb. 51)


Seminar Content

Social Network Analysis (SNA) has seen tremendous uptake in the last 20 years as interdisciplinary researchers have begun to decipher the features and characteristics of these organic networks as opposed to artificially grown ones. The seminar will take a whirlwind tour through the various stages of scientific discovery and also delve into applications that make use of the knowledge gathered from SNA.

Next, we will briefly step into Game Theory, one of the most notable and influential disciplines from the 20th century, in particular to economics. That background about Game Theory will then be put to use when we discuss interpersonal trust as a notion, what it means and how it can be defined as a mathematical concept. Here, we come back to the study of social networks, more specifically trust networks, and their use in social platforms.

Application Procedure

  • We kindly ask prospective participants to apply via HIS-LSF for participation in the indicated seminar
  • Please note that the number of participants is limited to 10.

Administrative Stuff

  • The seminar is organized as an en bloc seminar, consisting of two session with mandatory participation.
  • Session I: The first session will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 in room SR 00-031, Geb. 51. The session takes place 10am s.t. until 1pm.

    The aim of this first session is to provide all participants with basic knowledge about social networks, game theory, plus interpersonal trust, and what will be asked of students in terms of presentation skills and the writing of a scientific report, present the topics to be elaborated in presentations, and assign topics to participants. Moreover, the first session will address the organization of the second session, to be held over the weekend (Friday plus Saturday).

  • Session II: The second session will feature the oral presentations of all 10 participants and take place June 14-15, 2013 in room SR 00-031, Geb. 051. The session takes place 9am s.t. until 6pm on Friday, Saturday planning yet to be confirmed.
  • Additional information:
    • ECTS: 4 cr. (equals 2 SWS)
    • Location: As indicated for each session
    • Language: English/German
    • Time: 2 sessions: As indicated in the above paragraphs

Prerequisites for Passing

  • Participation in both sessions
  • Submission of written report (5-10 pages DIN A4, 12 pt., single-spaced, one-column) by May 24, 2013
  • Oral presentation of each participant (English or German); presentation 30 mins, discussion and question 10 mins; note that presentations have to be in PPT and need to follow the format template handed out in the first session
  • Final presentations need to be submitted by June 07, 2013 the latest, by email (cai.ziegler at hotmail dot de)
  • Participation in discussions and the quality of questions raised is also part of the final grade assigned
  • The final grade is composed 60% oral presentation plus participation in discussions and 40% written report

Topics and References

  • Topics and references will be handed out in the first session.
  • Note that the indicated paper references are only meant as starting point. Students are highly encouraged to search for other suitable references.