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Game Theory I

Program(s): Summer College, Undergraduate Courses

This program is currently at capacity during the Extended and Rolling deadlines. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for a second option that fulfills your interests.

*Taught Online*  The origins of game theory in political science reach back to the arms race at the height of the cold war. Since then, it’s applications in political science have proliferated to explaining regime transitions, civil war conduct, and even climate change.

This quarter will be taught as an introduction to applications of game theory in Political Science. It will be centered on topics of electoral competition, allocation of public goods, political lobbying, voting in legislatures, and the formation of government coalitions.

We will cover basic solution concepts, including the Nash Equilibrium and the Subgame Perfect Nash Equilibrium.

Many other game theorists have been recognized by the Swedish Academy, including, Roger Myerson, Robert Aumann, Amartya Sen, Eleanor Ostrom, Jean Tirole and most recently, in 2020, Paul Milgram and Richard Wilson.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

Students should have a basic understanding of Calculus and High School Algebra.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Summer College
Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

July 05

End Date

July 22

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Monika Nalepa

Academic Interest

Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

PLSC 29102 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


12:30 P.M.


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks