Anthropology 179A

Social Dynamics

Spring 2001 TuTh 12:30-1:50
Tuesdays in SSL 145
Thurs in 155 SST (Computer Lab)
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  • Theme 1 - 038798738X.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg (12707 bytes) How Nature Works: The Science of Self-Organized Criticality - Per Bak. Amazon: $18.00
  • Theme 2 - 0691015678.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif (12707 bytes) The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Cooperation - Robert M. Axelrod; 1997. Paperback Usually ships in 24 hours - List Price: $17.12 - Amazon Price: $13.70
    Instructor: Douglas R. White
    Office: 4169 Social Science Plaza A
    Office Hours: Tues/Th 11:00-12:00 or by Appt, x8495 (Lin 3175 SSPA)
    Phone: (949) 824-5893
    Email: drwhite[.at.]

    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 the contributions of evolutionary game theory and coevolutionary theory, learn how computer programs are used to simulate multi-agent interaction and/or do network analysis, 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.
    Important Note: Please check the pages in this website frequently for updates. The date on the bottom of this page indicates the date the site was most recently revised. This site will contain a copy of the course syllabus, schedule, reading assignments, homework assignments, grades, and links for further information. In addition, a copy of all electronic announcements will be maintained and linked to the course web page. Please check this web site frequently.
    For hands-on simulation experience, Download 0691015678.01.LZZZZZZZ.gif (12707 bytes) Starlogo from the MIT media lab (PC and Mac)
    Readings by the author of Starlogo: first chapter, pp. 3-19 (on decentralization): Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds (Complex Adaptive Systems) - Mitchel Resnick, Mitchell Resnick; 1997. Paperback Usually ships in 2-3 days - Amazon Price: $12.50.
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    Special Announcements for Talks-click here (Extra credit for reportage):
    Twelfth Annual CSEOL Symposium EVOLUTION IN THE COMPUTER AGE Friday, April 13, 2001 Schoenberg Auditorium UCLA


    1. Events organized by UCLA Center for Governance

    Conference on Evolution and Social Behavior
    April 20, 2001 UCLA Faculty Center

    Conference on Computational Social Science III
    May 4, 2001 UCLA Anderson School

    Behavior, Evolution, and Culture (BEC) Workshop
    Every Week Mondays at Noon

    Communication Studies Forum
    Monthly at irregular intervals

    Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences
    Alternative Fridays 1-3 pm UCLA Anderson School C-301


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