Topic: Modeling Politics
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Tarbutton Hall 116
This freshman seminar is an introduction to the three most important approaches to mathematical modeling in political science: (1) statistical modeling, (2) systems modeling, and (3) rational choice / game theory modeling. This introductory treatment is the best way to become familiar with these approaches to political science research, and this seminar is perfect for those who may be thinking about pursuing the "very cool" joint major in political science and mathematics. The only prerequisite for this course is that a student either must be concurrently enrolled in Math 111 (Calculus I) or have received a score of 4 or 5 on either the Calculus AB or BC Advanced Placement exams. Students are encouraged to work together, and class grades are based on regular assignments and attendance. There are no tests.
Check out the syllabus at: http://www.courtneybrown.com/classes/ModelingPolitics/ModelingPoliticsSyllabus.html
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- 2007. Differential Equations: A Modeling Approach. ISBN: 9781412941082.Sage Publications.
- 2007. Graph Algebra: Mathematical Modeling with a Systems Approach. ISBN: 9781412941099.Sage Publications.
- 1997. Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction. ISBN: 9780486296722.Dover Press.
- 1980. Applied Regression: An Introduction. ISBN: 9780803914940.Sage Publications.
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|Writing Assignments and Oral Presentations||NA||90%|
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