Fun, Games, and Cooperation

Lee Cronk (Anthropology) and
Beth Leech (Political Science)

Human beings are remarkably cooperative organisms. One of the most useful tools in the study of human cooperation is experimental games. In this course, we will use some simple and fun experimental games to explore the problems that people face when they try to cooperate and how they can be overcome. Because travel is one human endeavor that requires a great deal of cooperation to be successful, this seminar will end with a journey by the entire class, via public transportation, to another venue at which cooperation is the order of the day—a pizza restaurant—making note along the way of how all of the lessons learned in class play themselves out in real life.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 15 index 28106