POLSCI 391 - Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, QR/1
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class provides an introduction to modeling people and social systems. We learn to construct, manipulate, and evaluate models of people who vote, work, commit crimes, and attend classes. We cover concepts and ideas from game theory, learning theory, complexity theory, and even biology and physics (at a metaphorical level of course.) Though the topics and techniques covered are wide ranging — we analyze among other things the wisdom of crowds, the spread of ideas, the causes of racial segregation, and the emergence of riots, they aggregate into a deep methodological coherence. The kind of understanding you won't get by reading the newspaper. By the end, students will understand the strengths and uses of various modeling approaches used in the social sciences and be able to use them. This is not a mathematics course, but it does require a willingness to think abstractly, to carefully contemplate lots of charts and figures, and to do a little algebra. And above all, a commitment to never reading the newspaper in class.

POLSCI 391 - Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 0393931129
Games of Strategy, Author: Avinash K. Dixit, David H. Reiley, and Susan Skeath, Publisher: Norton THIRD 2009
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