Learn Group Discussion online for free from University of Maryland

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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

To apply, click here.


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