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The course is primarily aimed at Social science postgraduates and research staff, but may be of interest to anyone wanting to understand more about social simulation models and methods, including those studying or working in complexity science, ecology, geography, economics, organisational science and business.

Participants will be encouraged to think through the possibilities for applying simulation in the context of their own research, individually and in small groups.

The course introduces the methods and techniques of social simulation, including microsimulation and agent-based simulation. The course includes pedagogic material on the full range of issues for social simulation.  

The tutors and demonstrators will discuss three detailed case studies ranging across the social sciences, and which introduce the principles of social simulation from the bottom up. 

Participants will be expected to bring their own laptops if possible.