Anthro 179A: Social Dynamics
Winter 2000:
Doug White
Welcome to Anthro 179a! Social dynamics as an approach to understanding society and dynamical problems in social science is studied through complexity theory and modeling interactions in social networks of various kinds of entities. In this course you will come to understand methods of dynamical analysis, the grounding of complexity theory in the sciences, learn how to use a computer program to simulate multi-agent interaction and/or do network analysis, learn the contributions of evolutionary game theory and coevolutionary theory and read a variety of articles that use a dynamical or complex systems approach. In addition, you will write an exploratory research paper on a topic such as using dynamical methods to model a collection of actors interacting over time.

Special Announcements for Talks (Extra credit for reportage):
Twelfth Annual CSEOL Symposium

Thursday, March 30, 12:30-2:00pm, SOS B-40 (SELF-ORGANIZING SOCIETIES)
Co-sponsored with the School of Int. Relations and EUDOXIS
Speaker: Joshua Epstein, Brookings Institution
Topic: Agent-based Modeling and Generative Social Science

Directions: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/ir/cis/
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Instructor
Doug White
Office: 4169 Social Science Plaza A
Office Hours: Tues/Th 11:30-12:30 & by Appt
Phone: (949) 824-5893
Email: drwhite[.at.]uci.edu


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Special Announcements:
The USC Center for International Studies (CIS) cordially invites you to attend the following event as part of the lecture series on SELF-ORGANIZING SOCIETIES:
Thursday, January 27, 12:30-2:00, Leavey Library Auditorium, USC
Speaker: J. Stephen Lansing, University of Arizona
Topic: Networks of Command and Control: Extrapolating from Work on Bali
Thursday, February 24, 12:30-2:00pm, SOS B-40 (SELF-ORGANIZING SOCIETIES)
Co-Sponsored with the School of Int. Relations and EUDOXIS
Speaker: Manuel de Landa, Columbia University
Topic: Can Theories of Self-Organization Help Us Understand Human History?

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