• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shawn Treier
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course will teach the basic elements of game theory with applications to political science and other social sciences. It will cover simultaneous games, extensive-form games, repeated games, and spatial models of elections. The course will also focus on using the logic of games to make inferences and arguments about political and social behavior, with readings on collective action, voting, bargaining, repeated interaction, war, and other examples.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Solve basic and intermediate games, including simultaneous-move and extensive-form games, as well as basic games of asymmetric information
  2. Discuss political phenomena using logical concepts from game theory
  3. Illustrate how political scientists have used the ideas of game theory to make arguments about political phenomena, such as elections, political bargaining, and war
  4. Create and solve an original model designed to understand a social or political problem of interest

Indicative Assessment

Problem Sets (30%) (Learning Outcome 1)

Short Paper on an Original Model (20%) (~2-3 pages) (Learning Outcomes 1, 4)

Final Exam (40%) (Learning Outcomes 1-3)

Tutorial Participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1-3)

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There will be two one-hour lectures and one tutorial per week.  Students should allow 6-7 hours for reading and preparing assignments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

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Unit value:
6 units

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2015 $2604
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2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2570 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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