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In both our personal and work lives we regularly encounter 'games': that is, situations where our actions affect the others we interact with, and vice versa.  Game Theory provides a framework to discuss and analyse these types of strategic interactions. It provides a modern language to analyse business, economics, political science, sociology, philosophy and ethics, socio-biology and law.

In this unit you will be introduced to the central elements of game theory. You will learn about thinking strategically and its benefits in a variety of strategic settings, particularly those in a competitive environment. We will discuss how people might be expected to act in a variety of games and identify the best response to that behaviour.

This unit isan elective in the Bachelor of Economic (BEc) degree, but a core unit in the Business Economics major in the Bachelor of Business (BBus).

Summary 2020

Unit name Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge
Unit code BEA236
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics and Finance

Dr Hugh Sibly

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

LO1Construct an extensive or strategic form of games that represent a variety of strategic settings.
LO2Use various equilibrium concepts to predict the outcomes of various games in extensive and strategic forms.
LO3Interpret, using economic theory, the way in which games are predicted to be played, and the way they are observed to be played.





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Online Quizzes (20%), Online Test (30%), Final Exam (50%).

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