Model Thinking


Scott E Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan where he directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. He is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. Scott has won awards for his teaching and service at the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Caltech, and the University of Michigan. Scott has published widely on a variety of topics across the social sciences. In 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start?
The class will start in February 2012.

Why models?
Models enable us to better understand the world by organizing information, they endow us with frameworks to make more accurate predictions, to formulate better strategies, and to design better policies. To use models effectively though, you need more than one. Hence, the course.

What is the format of the class?
The class will cover a variety of models. For each model, I will give an introductory lecture accessible to a general audience that last approximately ten minutes. I will follow this with advanced lectures that explain how model’s details and how to use it, as well as possible extensions. Many of these more detailed lectures will include integrated questions so you can test your knowledge of the material. I will also offer quizzes separate from the video lectures. I anticipate covering two models per week and recording approximately one hour of video per model.

Do I need to watch the lectures live?
No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure.

How much does it cost to take the course?
Nothing: it’s free!

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