Computational Approaches to the Study of Cultural Markets and Social Dynamics, 7.5 credits

Beräkningsmetoder för kulturella marknader och social dynamik, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Computational Social Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Marc Keuschnigg

Course coordinator

Miriam Hurtado Bodell

Director of studies or equivalent

Carl Nordlund
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MCD Computational Social Science, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 3 (Autumn 2022) 202234-202238 English Norrköping C
F7MCD Computational Social Science, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 3 (Autumn 2022) 202234-202238 English Norrköping C

Main field of study

Computational Social Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Computational Social Science

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within the humanities, social-, cultural-, behavioural-, natural-, computer-, or engineering- sciences
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
  • 45 ECTS credits completed in Computational Social Science
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should at an advanced level be able to:

  • describe and analyze the market constraints and coping strategies of actors in cultural industries
  • assess the roles and importance of intermediaries positioned between producers and consumers in cultural markets
  • dissect and explain consumer behavior in fast-paced and socially visible market settings
  • apply theories and formal models of peer influence and social diffusion
  • critically discuss the current state of empirical research on cultural markets
  • evaluate the application of statistical, mathematical, and computational methods to research on cultural markets

Course content

This course is about cultural markets and their dynamics. Cultural markets are constituted by sets of actors, including interconnected producers, consumers and intermediaries, who are embedded in systems of exchange involving cultural goods, such as books, music, movies, etc. Actors who participate in cultural markets are differentiated, and the strategies they use to navigate these markets are analyzed. The course frames cultural markets as valuable testing grounds for theories of socially influenced behavior prone to complex collective dynamics and hard-to-predict outcomes. Classical and contemporary theories of cultural production and/or consumption are employed and evaluated. This includes the application of formal models and statistical techniques from social diffusion research. Content will especially focus on state-of-the-art research using computational methods to study peer influence and social dynamics in cultural markets and consumer markets more generally.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures, readings, and seminars. Homework and independent studies are a necessary complement to the course.

Language of instruction: English.


The course is examined through

  • Assignments, pass/fail
  • Essay, A-F

A passing grade on the assignments and E on the essay are required for a final passing grade. 

Higher final grades are determined by the grade on the essay.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course's study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
ESS1 Essay 6 credits EC
RED1 Oral presentation 1.5 credits EC
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