Exploring Security Behavior in the International System part of Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center:Writing Across the Curriculum with Numbers:Assignments
Assignment Objectives: Mainstream IR theory has traditionally focused more on system-determined effects than factors related to the internal process of the actors (states). Trapped in an anarchic system, states must be aware of the threat that the military capabilities of other states present to their survival and cannot entirely trust implied intentions. Consequently, states are faced with a security dilemma: if they arm (for security) they may intimidate other states who may respond in kind. The purpose of the assignment is to make students aware of two elements of this security dynamic: How dangerous was, or is, the international system (how prevalent is conflict)? and What is patterns of US and global defense spending? Do these two 'match up' in any way?
The Standing Ovation Problem for NetLogo part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
The assignment asks students to construct an agent-based model of a standing ovation. It provides some basic code that allows them to initialize a population of seated event attendees and asks them to consider how a standing ovation might propagate through the crowd.
Political Psychology - Public Political Attitudes Assignment part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignments asks students to wrestle with "Pluralistic Ignorance"--the propensity of members of the public to misperceive the majority position and attitudes of their fellow citizens on important topics. The "False Consensus Effect," for example, is an attribution pattern that suggests that individuals tend to perceive their own behavior as typical and over-estimate the degree to which others share their beliefs or would make similar decisions. Prior to the assignment, students in the class have been surveyed about their own positions on several current issues. The survey also prompted students to estimate the proportion of the public that shared your views. The writing assignment presented here invites students to analyze the degree to which students in the class manifested the False Consensus Effect by comparing their estimates to existing data generated by national surveys.
Greg Marfleet part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Greg Marfleet, Carleton College Since 2004, I have regularly taught a course titled the Complexity of Politics. I introduce students--who are mostly political science and economics majors--to the application of ...