Welcome to Game Theory

This course provides a brief introduction to game theory. Our main goal is to understand the basic ideas behind the key concepts in game theory, such as equilibrium, rationality, and cooperation. A number of applications in economics, politics, and biology will be discussed.

About The Course

Business competition, political campaigns, the struggle for existence by animals and plants, and so on, can all be regarded as a kind of “game,” in which individuals try to do their best against others. Game theory provides a general framework to describe and analyze how individuals behave in such “strategic” situations.

This course focuses on the key concepts in game theory, and attempts to outline the informal basic ideas that are often hidden behind mathematical definitions. Game theory has been applied to a number of disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, biology, and computer science. Therefore, a warm welcome is extended to audiences from all fields who are interested in what game theory is all about.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment / Verified Certificates after completing this class?
  • Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment / Verified Certificates signed by the instructor.
  • Do I earn credits from The University of Tokyo upon completion of this class?
  • No. The Statement of Accomplishment / Verified Certificates is not part of a formal qualification from The University of Tokyo.

Recommended Background

  • No prior knowledge of economics or game theory is required.
  • No knowledge of math beyond simple arithmetic is required.