Simulation in the Social Sciences

The course, Simulation in the Social Sciences, is an elective course on the PhD programme at the Australian School of Business.

In 2007, the course will run on five Wednesday afternoons in the Boral Lecture Theatre in the AGSM Kensington building, from 2pm October 10th.

Simulation of social interactions focuses on the complex adaptive behavior that emerges in social systems. To better understand the behavior of such complex adaptive social systems, "artificial worlds" composed of interacting adaptive agents can be created and analyzed. Such models often exhibit properties that are strikingly similar to the actual social world, e.g., cooperation, social norms, and social stratification into different classes, and provide a unique window into understanding such phenomena. Using simulation methods, previously inaccessible, yet fundamental, questions are now becoming amenable to analysis. There is much research to be done in this area---along with creating and understanding these types of complex systems, efforts need to be directed toward developing accessible versions of these models for the classroom.

The Fourth Herbert Simon Lecture Series presented by Bob in Taiwan in October 2005 Here.

The New England Complex Systems Institute course Complex Physical, Biological and Social Systems, delivered by Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam, President, NECSI, December 5-9, 2005, at the AGSM Here.

The course: Complex Systems: Beyond the Metaphor was offered in February 2007, organised by the School of Mathematics, UNSW, at the AGSM and co-sponsored by COSNet (the ARC Complex Open Systems Research Network), MASCOS (the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems), and AMSI (the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute). Here. Bob presented three 90-minute lectures.