POLS-Y 110 MATHEMATICS AND POLITICS (3 CR.)
Examines the concept of democracy through the lens of collective decision-making. Employs simple mathematical concepts and logical analysis to examine democratic decisions. Introduces an analytical approach to decision-making with broad applicability beyond politics, including any group or organization that incorporates feedback from multiple people to make collective decisions.
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|LEC||3||22571||Open||9:25 a.m.–10:40 a.m.||MW||ED 1210||Razo A
Regular Academic Session / In Person
LEC 22571: Total Seats: 30 / Available: 5 / Waitlisted: 0Show Details for section 22571
- IUB GenEd N&M credit
- COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inq
- IUB GenEd N&M credit
- COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit
- Above class meets In Person. For more information visit https://covid.iu.edu/learning-modes/index.html
We are very familiar with the notion of "democracy" as a system that reflects the will of the people. But how exactly can we figure out the "will of the people"? Does it matter which voting systems are used for group decisions? Does democracy guarantee group choices? You can get answers to these types of questions in this course that uses simple mathematical concepts and logical analysis to examine democratic decisions. As a 100-level class, the course only requires a solid knowledge of high school algebra and a willingness to learn and use new mathematical concepts, symbols, and diagrams. Especially drawing from finite mathematics, the class will use simple mathematical concepts to formulate simple models that clarify the most important aspects of various group choice scenarios. With available mathematical representations of real-world phenomena, students will then apply basic logical analysis to carefully examine the consequences of various democratic decision-making scenarios, especially to assess the extent to which outcomes represent the inputs of participants. This combined approach of representation and logical analysis will be applied to a variety of contemporary political decisions so students can readily see the advantages and practical limitations of democratic procedures in the real world. You can get CASE or GenEd Natural and Mathematical Sciences (N&M) credit to satisfy college or campus requirements. This course also serves as the gateway for the Indiana Political Analysis Workshop.