PSCI 3225 Strategy and Politics
Dalton Dorr, PhD Candidate
About the Course:
Focuses on the rational choice approach to understanding political decision making. Introduces students to the tools and methods of game-theoretic reasoning, and examines the strategic logic of many forms of political decision-making, including voting, lawmaking, and international conflict.
Course Prerequisites: PSCI 1101 or PSCI 2012 or PSCI 2223
By the end of this course students should be able to coherently discuss rational-choice decision-making processes on political and other social issues through the lenses of strategic interactions. Students will learn to apply mathematical models in a rational-choice framework to explain both observed and unobserved outcomes from political events. Most importantly, students will identify the strengths and weaknesses of using rational-choice analysis and will evaluate rational-choice arguments about political issues.
James Morrow. 1994. Game Theory for Political Scientists. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
Grading (out of 100 points):
A: >93; A-: 92-90
B+: 89-87; B: 86-83; B-: 82-80
C+: 79-77; C: 76-73; C-: 72-70
D+: 69-67; D: 76-73; D-: 62-60