POLSCI 490 - Game Theory and Formal Models
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Shotts,Kenneth Wayne

Why are third parties generally unsuccessful in America, whereas other countries often have numerous important political parties? Does racial gerrymandering increase the number of seats won by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives? Why do people vote despite the fact that there is almost no chance that a single vote will determine the outcome of an election? Is there a significant difference between policy outcomes under unified government (e.g., Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency) versus divided government? Why does Congress enact wasteful pork barrel programs? This course addresses these and other political questions by introducing students to rational choice methodology in political science. The tools that we will use are grounded in economics, particularly game theory. The class will rely on mathematical reasoning and there will be regular problem sets, but there are no prerequisites beyond high school level math.

POLSCI 490 - Game Theory and Formal Models
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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