Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: October 17, 2007 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Department of Economics and Political Science Chair: Patrick Dolenc, pdolenc@keene.edu, 8-2629, MS 3400 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Armağan Gezici, agezici@keene.edu, 8- 2686, MS 3400 TITLE SUMMARY: GAMES AND STRATEGIES PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: ECON 310 GAME THEORY An introduction to the history, theory and application of game theory as a tool for understanding decision-making and interactive strategic behavior. Course concepts illustrated with examples drawn from across the social sciences. Prerequisite: Econ 100. Spring, odd years. PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: II ECON 310 Games and Strategies (4 credits) PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to game theory and strategic interactions with cases drawn from economics, business, politics, sociology, psychology, international studies and sports. Topics include prisoner’s dilemma, Nash equilibrium, backward induction, signaling, mixed strategies, cooperative and non-cooperative games, bargaining, conventions, “the tragedy of commons”, evolutionary game theory and behavioral critiques of rationality. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 & IQL 101. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES Course Outcomes • Students will be able to cross disciplinary boundaries of social sciences and develop overarching notions of decision making and strategic behavior applicable across disciplines. • Students will be able to analyze the main assumptions and limitations of rational choice theory from multiple behavioral and social perspectives. • By examining the game theoretical tools, students will develop a commitment to finding effective strategies for agents in strategic situations to address social issues. Skills Outcomes • Quantitative Reasoning: Student will be able to develop and apply appropriate quantitative problem solving skills in the context of various economic and social issues. • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate connections between game theory and strategic issues that arise throughout the social sciences. Interdisciplinary Outcomes Students will be able to: • Cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe knowledge. • Analyze the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives. Integrative Outcome The expected outcome is the enhancement of “social and environmental engagement.” Students will be able to demonstrate a commitment to analyzing and/or solving social and/or environmental issues. RATIONALE: This course takes advantage of an area of expertise that newly-hired Assistant Professor Armağan Gezici brings to the College and provides students from a variety of programs the opportunity to explore the diverse range of applications game theory offers. RESOURCES: No additional resources are needed. Assistant Professor Armağan Gezici will offer this course regularly instead of other sections of ISP courses the department offers. Existing library resources are sufficient for this course. ADVISORY OPINIONS: This course provides students with an interdisciplinary ISP option. No department or program will be adversely affected by adding it to the catalog. .


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