PSC 502 Political and Economic Networks

Political Science Field: Positive Theory
Typically offered every year

Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell
Spring 2014 — W 9:00-12:00

Course Syllabus

Social networks pervade political and economic life. They shape how we acquire political knowledge, how we discover job opportunities, and how we shape and maintain norms. The multitude of ways that networks affect the world make it critical to understand how network structures impact behavior, which network structures are likely to emerge, and why we organize ourselves as we do. Drawing on a wide variety of fields, this course will review the literature, both theoretical and empirical, on social, economic, and political networks. Topics will include basic network structures, network formation, games on networks, learning, diffusion, and methods for network analysis.