Dear SimSoc Listserve members:
You may recall that two years ago Nigel Gilbert put out a request to
members to provide him information on simulation courses that had been
taught. His interest was to gauge the extent to which simulation is
taught. His summary message is embedded below.
I have picked up on Nigel's initial inquiry into teaching simulation and am
conducting a study on teaching simulation, focused on the structure of the
teaching format and different forums in the social sciences. It would be
helpful to me to know who is teaching or has taught courses in simulation,
if you would be willing answer a few questions, and to share course
materials such as syllabi, reading lists, etc.
Please respond to me personally if you have ever taught or are teaching a
course on simulation or using simulation. To those who respond I will ask
a few questions and make a request for course materials such as syllabi,
links used, bibliographies, course descriptions. If you are able to
supply me with materials, I would be most appreciative of materials in
English particularly the reading lists and bibliographies. However, I will
gladly accept all materials and find translators as necessary.
If you are no longer teaching the courses listed below, are teaching new
courses, or are new to the field or listserve and fit this description, or
know of others who have now joined the field please advise me or forward
this message to them.
Thank you for your consideration.
Social Sciences and Comparative Education
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
University of California - Los Angeles
>Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 18:38:21 +0000
>From: Nigel Gilbert <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Teaching simulation: a summary
>I asked the list:
> > I am trying to guage the extent to which Simulation is taught as a method
> > of research within social science courses (at any level).
>I have received about 22 replies. In summary, simulation is taught mainly
>to graduate or advanced classes, usually quite small, and often drawn from
>both social and computer science students.
>The following replied to my enquiry (the summaries are my own, derived
>from what people wrote). I have provided an email address for each, so
>that you can ask for further details if you wish.
>Wolfgang Balzer ([log in to unmask])
> third year seminar each term on social simulation for 3rd year students
>from social science, computer science and philosophy of science at the
>University of Munich. 6-10 students
>Bernard Pavard ([log in to unmask])
> postgrad. course: 40 hours on cognitive engineering oriented towards
>cognitive simulation and social science, at IRIT, Universite P. Sabatier,
>Chanoch Jacobsen ([log in to unmask])
> Course on the Simulation of Social Theories, 2 hours per week at
>Technoin, Haifa, Israel. 15-20 students.
>Dave Byrne ([log in to unmask])
> two sessions in a postgraduate course on quantitative research methods at
>the University of Durham, England
>Esben Sloth Anderson ([log in to unmask])
> European Doctoral programme on Economics of Technological and
>Institutional Change (ETIC) financed by the European Union with partner
>universities from over Europe trains 30 PhD students per year through short
>courses that include material on simulation, and a special one week course
>specifically on simulation.
>John Bower ([log in to unmask])
> Two streams of 30 hours spread over 10 half-day or 5 full-day sessions to
>MBA, PhD and Executive course students at the London Business School.
>"Simulation is becoming a very important tool in research and teaching at
>LBS... we are trying to get included in every course as a core discipline".
>Karl-Heinrich Schmidt ([log in to unmask])
> Course on Artificial Societies for 10 computer scientists at the
>University of Bielefeld. Although open to social scientists, only one took
>Klaus G. Troitzsch ([log in to unmask])
> module in Social Science Modelling and Simulation
>(http://www.uni-koblenz.de/~kgt/SICSS/ModSimNew.html) and a seminar every
>other year. about 5 students per year, but predicted to increase.
>Gerard Ballot ([log in to unmask])
> Twenty hour course on evolutionary modelling in a doctoral programme on
>the Economics of Institutions organised by the University Paris X,
>Nanterre, Ecole Polytechnique, and EHESS, for first year graduate students.
>Michael Macy ([log in to unmask])
> Graduate seminar for about 8 students on simulating social dilemmas at
>Paul Fishwick (fishwick.cise.ufl.edu)
> One Semester course with students mainly from computer science at the
>University of Florida
>Paul Williamson ([log in to unmask])
> Third year undergraduate course in geographical modelling with 17
>students, consisting of 12 one-hour lectures, 6 three-hour practicals and 2
>six-hour practicals, covering the full range of modelling approaches
>including microsimulation, CA, GAs, neural nets, etc.
>Phillip Bonacich ([log in to unmask])
> Two courses at UCLA, one undergraduate (8 students) and one graduate (4
>students), on simulation, based on the Gaylord book.
>http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/99S/soc112-1 and ... /soc281-1
>Pietro Terna ([log in to unmask])
> Undergraduate course for 12 students on Economic Dynamics and Agent Based
>Models in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Torino.
>Rick Riolo ([log in to unmask])
> Graduate level course, 3 hours per week for 14 weeks, for about 16
>students including some social science students. See
>Rosaria Conte ([log in to unmask])
> A course on Social Psychology including simulation to about 30 students
>within the Dept. of Communication Science at the University of Siena, Italy.
>Sally Brailsford ([log in to unmask])
> Three courses: 2nd year undergraduate general introduction to simulation
>techniques including discrete event simulation, system dynamics and
>role-playing training simulations for crisis management to about 60
>students (22 hours of lectures plus 16 hours computer workshops and 10
> Two graduate courses, one as above, but without the
>discrete event simulation (30 students), one with just the discrete event
>simulation (10 students), taught as intensive 2-day modules with 8 hours of
>lectures and 4 hours of computer workshops.
>Steve Bankes ([log in to unmask])
> Course on Policy Analysis for Complex Systems in the RAND Graduate School
>(see http://www.evolvinglogic.com). Between 7 and 14 students; 10
>three-hour weekly classes.
>Tara Santmire ([log in to unmask])
> Graduate seminar on the simulation of international crisis decision
>making in the Government and Politics Dept. at the University of Maryland,
>USA. 10-15 students, three-hour class meeting once a week for 15 weeks.
>Warren Thorngate ([log in to unmask])
> a. Five-day course on Computer Simulation in the Social Sciences at the
>University of Warsaw, Poland to 16 graduate students (6 psychology, 6
>sociology and 2 physics)
> b. Graduate course (12 weeks, 3 hours per week) on Computer simulation of
>decision making and social behaviour at the Psychology Dept., Carleton
>University, Ottawa, Canada
>Courses are also known to be taught by:
>Robert Axelrod (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~axe/PS_793_Syllabus.html)
>Lars-Erik Cederman (http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/99W/polisci209-1/)
>Leigh Tesfatsion (http://www.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/)
>Prof G. Nigel Gilbert, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
> Guildford GU2 5XH, UK. Tel: +44 1483 259173 Fax: +44 1483 259551