The Flipped Classroom: Can First Year Students Learn and Apply Rational Choice and Game Theory?

As I’ve blogged about here previously, several weeks ago I used the flipped classroom technique to teach my first year seminar students about the “state of nature” and its utility (or lack thereof) for analyzing politics.  The results were exciting and astounding!

More on Self-Interest, Cooperation, and Game Theory

Are we fundamentally self-interested or cooperative and altruistic? Recent research suggests:

"It appears from these studies that humans are predisposed to cooperation and generosity, and only become selfish when they take time to think about the situation."

So what are the implications?

The Trudeau connection: From swinging sixties to risk-adverse teens

Published Oct. 1, 2012, in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury.

What a difference a generation makes!

A generation ago, Pierre Trudeau, father of today’s dauphin, burst on the political scene, “like a stone through a stained glass window” (in the memorable simile of the late journalist Gordon Donaldson).

Justin Trudeau’s good looks expected to cover up other weaknesses

LISPOP associates Simon Kiss and Darrell Bricker comment on the appeal of Justin Trudeau.

"Much has been made about Justin Trudeau’s good looks and easy charm, and analysts say they will be among his greatest assets as he seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps all the way to 24 Sussex." Read more...

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