In this course, we study the science and art of modeling political, economic, and social systems. The models that we construct contain actors that represent individuals, groups, organizations, and nations. Understanding, interpreting, and applying these models requires some facility with mathematical representations and algebraic manipulations and a desire to use mathematics to leverage understanding. The course is built around models and not facts. We use models to try to make sense of empirical regularities and to design. This class will differ from other classes in that we're not taking on a subject like organic chemistry or the psychology of terrorism. What we do in this class is learn to think using models.
Students are responsible for all material in the lecture notes and
all assigned readings unless otherwise specied.
Undergraduate students. Advisory prerequisite of one course in Political Science completed.
Lecture that meets twice a week for an hour and a half, and discussion section which meets for an hour a week.