The first goal is to teach WHY mathematical and computational methods are essential in understanding social phenomena and HOW different appropriate mathematical models can describe social phenomena. Specifically, applications of the theory of dynamic systems will be presented.

The course needs some mathematical skill and background but teaches and uses the basic mathematical notions of dynamical system theory. Students of science majors (with some mathematical interest and skill) are expected to take the class. Social scientists with some interest in modeling are welcome. We will discuss model frameworks, and you will have the possibility to dig into the deeper layers of specific problems.