CMPLXSYS 391 - Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Complex Systems (CMPLXSYS)
Department: LSA Complex Systems
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, SS, QR/1
Other:
Sustain
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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.

Schedule

CMPLXSYS 391 - Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
36300
Open
42
 
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Note: STUDENTS ARE AUTO-ENROLLED IN LECTURE WHEN THEY ELECT A DISCUSSION.
002 (DIS)
 In Person
36606
Open
5
2Y2
2Enrollment Management
20Ugrd
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003 (DIS)
 In Person
36607
Open
7
2Y2
2Enrollment Management
20Ugrd
-
 
004 (DIS)
 In Person
36608
Open
6
2Y2
1Enrollment Management
20Ugrd
-
 
005 (DIS)
 In Person
36611
Open
9
2Y2
1Enrollment Management
20Ugrd
-
 
006 (DIS)
 In Person
36612
Open
14
 
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007 (DIS)
 In Person
36615
Open
1
 
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