Failing Fisheries Online Game: More Tragedy, More Hope, More Complexity

For those who are interested in a slightly longer game of tragedy of the commons than the Bunnies game (see below)…particularly one with a little more complexity, readers may prefer planetseed.org’s Failing Fisheries game. (scroll down a little on the page. It is under failing fisheries) Much like the bunnies game, failing fisheries pits you …

Using Hidden Brain to Teach Research Design

Today we have a guest post by Sarah Fisher, assistant professor at Emory & Henry College. She can be reached at sfisher[at]ehc[dot]edu. For undergraduates, the research methods course is often the most dreaded component of the political science curriculum. Students’ fear of mathematics, gaps in content knowledge, and lack of software experience (I’ve had students …

LeBron James, Realist: A Paper Assignment for Intro to International Relations

This is a guest post from Sarah Fisher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory & Henry College. Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper has his quirks, but his deeply rooted concern for relative power and hegemony, whether winning a Nobel Prize or crushing trivia, is pure realism. LeBron James’ contract details reflect the fluidity of alliances, another realist. …

Mathematical Fairness in a Constitutional Convention

This is a guest post from Sarah Fisher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory & Henry College and Rachel Bayless, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Agnes Scott College.  As a political scientist and a mathematician we come from seemingly disparate fields- and what often are in an academic setting (quantitative political science notwithstanding). This summer, we had the …

Simulation and Game Index

A relatively up-to-date index of posts about simulations and games as well as class exercises and activities; some items appear in more than one category: Theory  Bargaining model of war; 25 July 2016 Beer game: system-imposed constraints on decision making; 24 November 2013 Collective Action Problem Game, the collective action problem; 18 March 2015 Democracy vs. …