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Models of Social Dynamics

Unit 6: Sociopolitical Cycles

Most of the social systems we've modeled thus far evolve toward a stable equilibrium. Yet much of life is cyclical and never reaches a steady state. In this last modeling unit, we explore two models that allow for cyclical behavior: a spatial host-pathogen model and the metaethnic frontier model of empires.


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