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I usually start my network classes by showing "Connected: How Kevin
Bacon Cured Cancer," a documentary that gives a quick overview of
complex networks (circa 2008). It uses the kevin bacon/small world
trope throughout, so I usually follow it up with a short takehome
activity that uses www.oracleofbacon.org. Essentially, I ask students
to try to locate an actor with a bacon number greater than 3 (but less
than infinity), to explain how they decided who to try, and to explain
why they think they were/were not successful. I've done this in both
grad and undergrad courses, and it seems to work well in both cases.
Zachary Neal, Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Sociology & Global Urban Studies Program
316 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Quoting Brooke Foucault <[log in to unmask]>:
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> Hi all,
> I am putting together a curriculum for an undergraduate Social Network
> Analysis class, I wanted to poll the list to see if anyone had any great
> videos or images that they use in their classes. I'm less interested in
> "how-to" media (although those could certainly be helpful), and more
> interested in examples that could be used as discussion points -
> illustrating relevant concepts, fun networks that undergrads will relate
> to, interesting applications of network analysis, etc.
> I'm being intentionally vague because I'm hoping to cast a wide net and see
> what turns up. Thanks in advance for your suggestions - I'd be happy to
> collect suggestions and re-circulate to the list.
> Brooke Foucault Welles
> Ph.D. Candidate
> Northwestern University
> Media, Technology and Society
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