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Semi­nar "Simu­la­ti­on Game Play­ing Poli­tics" SS2018

Simu­la­ti­on Game "Play­ing Poli­tics" — Prac­ti­cal Expe­ri­en­cing of Ratio­nal Choice Theo­re­ti­cal Concepts

Euro­pe-Uni­ver­si­ty Via­dri­na in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Semi­nar for BA and MA
Gra­des 3 | 6 ECTS
BA: Pra­xis­mo­dul / Sozi­al­wis­sen­schaft­li­che Vertiefung
MA (MASS, Euro­pean Stu­dies): Pra­xis­mo­dul / Modul Poli­tik & Kultur/ Optionsmodul

Dates & Rooms

Block cour­se Sum­mer Semes­ter 2018

MON 28th May from 6 – 9pm Intro­duc­to­ry ses­si­on (man­da­to­ry), room AM 02
FRI 22nd June — SUN 24th June from 10am-5pm (all man­da­to­ry), room HG 110


    * Requi­red Fields

    Your name *

    Your mobi­le pho­ne num­ber (Start with your Coun­try Code, e.g. +49 for Ger­ma­ny. Thanks!) 

    Your email-address *

    Your mes­sa­ge (moti­va­ti­on for par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, stu­dy and level, matri­cu­la­ti­on no.) *

    A copy of your mes­sa­ge will be sent to your email-address.


    The pur­po­se of the simu­la­ti­on game "Play­ing poli­tics" is to show prac­ti­cal impli­ca­ti­ons of ratio­nal choice and game theo­ry. Poli­tics are cal­cu­la­ted and cal­cu­la­ting inter­ac­tions bet­ween self-inte­res­ted poli­ti­cal actors – indi­vi­du­als, poli­ti­ci­ans, poli­ti­cal par­ties, pres­su­re groups, natio­nal governments, and alli­an­ces of coun­tries. The simu­la­ti­on game pres­ents poli­ti­cal action as simp­le games, dis­clo­sing imper­fec­tions and dilem­ma­ta, and explo­ring com­ple­xi­ty of the "real" world in a play­ful atmosphere.

    The theo­re­ti­cal-ana­ly­ti­cal part of the semi­nar focu­ses on ratio­nal choice theo­ry, game theo­ry and nego­tia­ti­on theo­ry. Par­ti­ci­pants will ela­bo­ra­te on the­se models, select and deve­lop an ana­ly­ti­cal focus and instru­ment in a first step. The second step is both, play­ing games and obser­ving from a meta­le­vel per­spec­ti­ve – the group will be divi­ded into sub-groups then. The third step is reflec­tion on games and wri­ting a paper.

    Par­ti­ci­pants will deve­lop their skills in rea­ding and wri­ting sci­en­ti­fic texts, in asking good (not only sci­en­ti­fic) ques­ti­ons, and joy­ful­ly impro­ve their per­so­nal bar­gai­ning skills. They will inves­ti­ga­te poli­ti­cal sci­en­ces theo­ries, and will expe­ri­ence how to do empi­ri­cal rese­arch in a small scale.

    Selec­tion of Rele­vant References

    Axel­rod, Robert (2006): The Evo­lu­ti­on of Coope­ra­ti­on. Revi­sed ed., Basic Books: New York.

    Davis, Mor­ton D. (1997): Game Theo­ry: A Non­tech­ni­cal Intro­duc­tion (Dover Books on Mathe­ma­tics). Basic Books: New York.

    Els­ter, Jon (2007): Exp­lai­ning Social Beha­vi­or. More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sci­en­ces. Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press: Cam­bridge, New York.

    Fisher, Roger / Ury, Wil­liam (2012): Get­ting to Yes: Nego­tia­ting an agree­ment with­out giving in. New edi­ti­on, Ran­dom House Busi­ness Publ.: London.

    Laver, Micha­el (1997): Play­ing Poli­tics. The Night­ma­re Con­ti­nues. Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press: Oxford, New York.

    Laver, Micha­el (1997): Pri­va­te Desi­res, Poli­ti­cal Action: Invi­ta­ti­on to the Poli­tics of Ratio­nal Choice. Rev. ed., Sage Publi­ca­ti­ons Ltd: London.

    Olson, Man­cur (2002): The Logic of Collec­ti­ve Action: Public Goods and the Theo­ry of Groups. 2nd prin­ting with new pre­face and appen­dix (Har­vard Eco­no­mic Stu­dies), Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty: Cam­bridge Massachusetts.

    Schel­ling, Tho­mas C. (1990): The Stra­te­gy of Con­flict. Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, Cam­bridge Mas­sa­chu­setts, Reprint, Wiley Publ.: London.

    Schel­ling, Tho­mas C. (2006): Micro Moti­ves and Macro Beha­vi­or. W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pa­ny: New York, London.

    Tse­be­lis, Geor­ge (2002): Veto Play­ers. How Poli­ti­cal Insti­tu­ti­ons Work. Rus­sell Sage Foun­da­ti­on: New York / Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press: Prince­ton (NJ).

    Pre­con­di­ti­ons for Par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the Simu­la­ti­on Game

    Curiou­si­ty for a dif­fe­rent semi­nar for­mat and play­ing games. Com­mit­ment for acti­ve par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, self respon­si­bi­li­ty and self organi­sation. Good com­mand in English.

    Stu­dents have to wri­te a short moti­va­tio­nal let­ter why they would like to par­ti­ci­pa­te on the simu­la­ti­on game, and to indi­ca­te whe­ther they are BA-stu­dents or MA-stu­dents. The­re­fo­re, pri­or app­li­ca­ti­on is man­da­to­ry via email: or with the con­ta­ct form abo­ve. Dead­line for sen­ding moti­va­ti­on for par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on is MON 21st May 2018. The win­ners will be infor­med in time.

    Infor­ma­ti­on on the Seminar

    Stu­dents from both, Bach­a­lor and Mas­ter degree are wel­co­me. Dif­fe­ring requi­re­ments are taken into account by the lecturer.

    All ques­ti­ons on semi­nar details and certificate/grade requi­re­ments will be dis­cus­sed at the first ses­si­on, on MON 28th May 2018 from 6 – 9pm. And, the­re will be given a short intro by the lec­tu­rer on the deve­lo­p­ment of rese­arch designs for doing empi­ri­cal rese­arch and on wri­ting sci­en­ti­fic texts (excerp­ts, assignments).

    Cer­ti­fi­ca­te / Grading

    Gra­ding: 3 | 6 ECTS

    Details on the pre­re­qui­si­tes for a cer­ti­fi­ca­te are dis­cus­sed at the first ses­si­on on MON 28th May 2018.