851-0585-36L  Controversies in Game Theory: Homo Oeconomicus Versus Homo Socialis

SemesterAutumn Semester 2014
LecturersD. Helbing, M. Mäs, H. Nax
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThe mini-course `Controversies in Game Theory: Homo Oeconomicus versus Homo Socialis' consists of five course units that provide an in-depth introduction to issues in game theory motivated by the presence of own-regarding and other-regarding preferences. The course integrates theory from sociology, economics, physics, and biology.
ObjectiveStudents are encouraged to think about human interactions, and in particular in the context of game theory, in a way that is traditionally not covered in introductory game theory courses. The aim of the course is to teach students the complex conditional interdependencies of human decision-making with particular focus on whether the individual decision-maker will ultimately act in a purely selfish (own-regarding) way or also considers moral (other-regarding) motivations.