Learn Group Discussion online for free from University of Maryland

Learn Group Discussion online for free


Learn about different voting methods and fair division algorithms, and explore the problems that arise when a group of people need to make a decision.

University of Maryland and Coursera offers making better group discussions: voting judgment aggregation and fair division online course.

About the course:
Much of our daily life is spent taking part in various types of what we might call "political" procedures. Examples range from voting in a national election to deliberating with others in small committees. Many interesting philosophical and mathematical issues arise when we carefully examine our group decision-making processes.

Course Syllabus:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Voting Methods
  • Week 2: Voting Paradoxes
  • Week 3: Characterizing Voting Methods
  • Week 4: Topics in Social Choice Theory
  • Week 5: Aggregating Judgements
  • Week 6: Fair Division: Indivisible Goods
  • Week 7: Fair Division: Cake-Cutting Algorithms

Duration: 7 weeks

Timings: 1 to 3 hours of work / week

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