Introduction to Sociology course – SOC 101

7. Networks

Who do you regard as your best friends? How important are your friends and other social connections for your well-being, trust and for enforcing norms? These are questions about social networks. In the past decades, sociology has witnessed a tremendous increase in research on social networks. The aim of this meeting is to introduce you to this literature.


  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 7 (Networks)


I recorded short videos (3-7 min.), in which I explain several key concepts/topics/theories of each chapter of the textbook.

Ch. 7 OverviewSocial networks
Ch. 7.2Personal networks
Ch. 7.4 Network density and transitivity
Ch. 7.5The small-world phenomenon
Ch. 7.8

Test your knowledge of Chapter 7

  • Take the Multiple Choice Quiz here.

What do you want to do next?

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