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PCP02 Game Theory 5 op
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
Curricula 2015 – 2017
PCP02 Game Theory 5 ECTS


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

Learning outcomes

This course provides basic formal modeling. The student will learn expected utility theory, decision theory, simultaneous strategic form games, extensive form sequential games, mixed strategy equilibrium, and extensions.


This course is designed to introduce students to the use of formal models to approach social science problems. Human action entails strategic action – when people interact with each other, they make decisions about what to do based on what they think they other person(s) will do. Formal theory establishes a set of tools that allows us to understand how they make these decisions. This tool can be extended to understand more complex interactions, such as decision making in politics and economics.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
In English
Written exam 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
quizzes worth 25%, one exam worth 40% and one final paper worth 35% Homework will be assigned but not collected. There will be frequent quizzes given in class both to give students an opportunity to test their skills and understanding and to give me an opportunity to see how well the class is following the material.

Study materials

Journal articles, selected textbook chapters

Dixit, A. and S. Skeath. 2004. Games of Strategy, 2nd Edition. Norton.

Watson, J. 2002. Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory, Norton.

Aliprantis C.and S Chakrabarti. 2000. Games and Decision Making. Oxford.


Further information

Number of students (min-max):

Belongs to following study modules

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Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
PCP02/NAM-VII Game Theory
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