PS 2704 (Fall 2020)

PS 2704: Formal Political Theory II
William Spaniel
Fall 2020
Lecture: Thursdays, Mervis 115, 1:45-4:15
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Posvar 4446, 1:00-3:00

This is the second course of the formal theory sequence. In it, we switch gears from solving models to building models. We will begin with an overview of some of the core results in political science and modeling tools that are useful across topics. As the course progresses, students will create their own models and produce original research. The scope of this course is not to teach students to do pure theoretical work but rather how to use formal theory as an integral component of your methodological toolkit.