3You can submit assignments up to 24 hours late with no penalty, and 10% penalty for each subsequent day.
This will be your crowning achievement and your main grade contribution, and thesource of your headaches for the next 15 weeks.We, as a collective, will undertake building an ambitious model of the world politicalsystem, one country at a time.During the course of the semester, we will build from the ground-up a model of a simple polity (SimPol), with governance, resources, and simple manner of relating to itsneighbours. As one of your assignments you will need to demonstrate that a polity youhave implemented is a viable state on its own.After the states have become viable by themselves, it will be your goal to think about andimplement the foreign policy of your state, directed to neighbors near and far, includingeconomic cooperation, simple attempts at diplomacy and wars. You can design anystrategy you want - from world domination to total neutrality, from gregarious trading toisolation.As the end of semester gets closer, we will provide a simulation framework that willintegrate all of our simulated states into a single world-system. At the final presentationsfor the course, we will put all of our simulated states together, and watch in amazementas they battle to the death - or build a peaceful and harmonious world society.What happens at the final battle is up to you.You may work as individuals or in small groups (3 people max.). For groups, you will both receive the same grade. Also, feel free to share information about your strategies tothe other groups (strategic lying is par for the course, naturally).The grades will not depend on whether your agent takes over the world, but rather on thequality of implementation and your understanding of the modeling paradigms, as well ason the realism of your strategies.
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Schedule of Study: Calendar, Topics, Assignments
(subject to change depending on our progress in the course)
Week 1 (Aug. 30)
Introduction, modeling approaches in the social sciences: statistical,mathematical, and computational (CC). Learn the motivation for OOM in thesocial sciences, or what distinguishes it from other modeling approaches, andsome initial achievements. Overview of the course; “walk through” the syllabus.