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Political Science 30: Politics and Strategy (Winter 2008, UCLA). Taught by UCLA's Professor Kathleen Bawn, this course

this course is an introduction to study of strategic interaction in political applications. Use of game theory and other formal modeling strategies to understand politics are also studied in order to gain a better understanding of politics at large.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Political Economy, Strategy and Social Science Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Game Theory: Setting Up a Game, Solving Game Trees Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Pay-offs and Utility, Solving Game Trees, Scope of Game Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Action/Strategy/Equilibrium, Scope of Game Theory Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Variable Pay-offs, Evaluating Outcomes Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Variable Pay-offs, Evaluating Outcomes, Strategy and Uncertainty Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Foreign Aid Game and Pareto Efficiency, Uncertainty about Outcomes Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Uncertainty about Preferences Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Simultaneous Games, Games with more than two options Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Games with more than two options, Nash Equilibrium Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Cops and Robbers, Finding MSNE Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Interpreting MSNE, How to Deter Crime? Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – MSNE Wrap-up, Sequential Games in Normal Form, Repeated Games Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Repeated Interaction, Comparing Pay-offs across time Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Contingent Strategies in Repeated PD, Cooperation in Repeated PD? Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Cooperation in Repeated PD, Multiple Equilibria in Repeated PD Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Cooperation in Repeated PD, Multiple Equilibria in Repeated PD Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Multiple Equilibria, Sample Problem Unlimited

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