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040040 UK Social Choice (MA) (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This course is held in an online format as long as this is necessary. If the university regulations allow for classroom teaching during the summer semester, the format will be changed accordingly. In any case, regular attendance and active participation of students is compulsory.

Tuesday 02.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 09.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: Students become familiar with the methods and some of the central results of social choice theory.
Contents: Preferences and choice, aggregation, Arrow's impossibility theorem, majority voting, scoring functions and the Borda rule, individual rights and power, manipulability and strategy-proofness.
Methods: Lectures, homework exercises, discussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

Homework exercises (40%), classroom participation (20%), final exam (40%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the course, 50 % of the points that can be earned through homework exercises, classroom participation, and the exam have to be achieved.

Examination topics

Material presented during the lectures.

Reading list

Wulf Gaertner: "A Primer in Social Choice Theory" revised version, Oxford University Press 2009.

Association in the course directory

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