- Code POLS2125
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Shawn Treier
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2022
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- solve basic and intermediate games, including simultaneous-move and extensive-form games, as well as basic games of asymmetric information;
- discuss political phenomena using logical concepts from game theory;
- illustrate how political scientists have used the ideas of game theory to make arguments about political phenomena, such as elections, political bargaining, and war; and
- create and solve an original model designed to understand a social or political problem of interest.
- Problem Sets (4 total) (20) [LO 1]
- Paper on an Original Model (1200-2000 words) (30) [LO 1,4]
- Final Exam, in final examination period, 3 hours (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Tutorial Participation (6) [LO 1,2,3]
- Lecture Participation and Online Quizzes (4) [LO 1,2,3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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