Every year, faculty and graduate students submit proposals to teach a course at the Collins Living-Learning Center (https://collins.indiana.edu/).
Congratulations to Daniel Condon for his innovative course "The Mathematics of Voting" being selected to be taught in the Spring Semester of 2022!
In this course students play the role of democratic activists in a fictional democracy. They will use what they learn in the class to report on political developments in the region and lobby for or against changes to the rules of the democracy. They will also act as voters and will learn how political strategists can manipulate the rules of democracy to their advantage. This is a course in the procedural, rather than social, aspects of elections. We will study the mathematics of such procedures as first-past-the-post voting, ranked-choice voting, approval voting, districting, and district apportionment, to see how the specific rules of a democracy impact different notions of ‘fairness.’ These and other examples will help us to see how rigid notions of fairness may contradict each other or be undermined.
Graduate Student Daniel Condon to teach a course at the Collins Living-Learning Center
By: Matthias Strauch
Wednesday, May 19, 2021