In the past, this course was taught as POLS 909, "Topics in Methodology". The Spring, 2005, semester when it is offered with its own number and catalog listing. In Spring, 2005, the course will meet on Monday afternoon, 12:30-3:20pm, in Blake Hall 211.
Students are allowed to use any computer modeling language or tool. Models built with the Swarm Simulation System, a modeling library that is available for free from the Swarm Development Group, are the instructor's specialty and various exercises with Swarm will be considered.
The syllabus from the 2003 edition of this course is available below. The Spring 2005 edition will have the same basic outline, but some of the readings will be changed. In particular, the course will incorporate sections from a new book by Volker Grimm and Steve Railsback, Individual-based Modeling and Ecology (Princeton University Press, forthcoming). This is a good treatment of the general issues that motivate agent-based modeling and applications to the environment. The course will also incorporate the most recent version of the Opinion model that is discussed in Robert Huckfeldt, Paul Johnson, and John Sprague, Political Disagreement (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Perhaps the most significant change I plan for Spring, 2005, is that the course will allow students a choice on the type of research project that will be done. Everybody will be required to "get their feet wet" by doing some targeted exercises with simulation models. These will be treated as "participation" effort, not a major part of the grade. Most of the grade, 80%, will be based on a final research paper. The writing options are
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