POL36100 Strategies of Politics

Academic Year 2023/2024

POL36100 provides a comprehensive introduction to the captivating domain of game theory within the context of political science. This course delves into the foundational principles and practical applications of game theory—a robust framework dissecting intricate strategic interactions and astute decision-making among political actors.

Throughout the academic term, the course emphasizes how game theory sheds light on negotiation mechanics, peace agreement formulation, and conflict trajectories. These investigations aim to cultivate a nuanced comprehension of game theory's analytical potency, enhancing students' perspectives on the complexities of political phenomena.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon finishing this module, students will possess the ability to:
- Understand core game theory principles like players, strategies, payoffs, and equilibrium;
- Analyze instances of cooperation and conflict within games, including scenarios like the prisoner's dilemma, chicken, and stag hunt, while also grasping their practical applications;
- Examine cooperation, conflict, and voting dynamics in political gaming scenarios;
- Apply models to analyze strategic choices across various real-world contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students should rely on readings, lectures, and problem sets (i.e., homework assignments) for learning. There will be readings assigned for each week and students are expected to complete this before the lecture. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Homework Assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: In-class examination (Midterm) Unspecified No Graded No


Examination: In-class examination (Final) Unspecified No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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