Recommended Course Outline for Advanced Game Theory

This recommended course outline is an ordered list of topics and lecture videos that I follow in my graduate level game theory courses. Watching lecture videos in my channel with a proper order is key for effective learning because the concepts in each video is built over the ones that I introduce in previous videos.


Course Description and Objective

This course is a graduate level introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. It introduces the theory of cooperative and non-cooperative games with emphasis on economic applications. Game theory is the study of multi-person decision problems where action of each decision maker (player) may influence payoffs of others. In such environments, optimal decision requires strategic thinking; how one’s action will influence the incentives of other players and whether others are aware of this interconnection. 


Success in this course requires strong analytical and logical thinking and the habit of drawing conclusions based on qualitative information. The course requires a working knowledge of propositional logic, calculus (e.g., functions of one or several variables, derivatives), probability (e.g., random variables, probability distributions, conditional probabilities, expectations) and optimization.

Some of the topics covered in the class will be familiar to you from undergraduate or previous studies, but they will be treated in greater depth. At the end of the course, students should be able to 

  • formulate any strategic interaction as a game form,

  • understand solution concepts in cooperative and non-cooperative games (whether it is in strategic or extensive form), and 

  • develop analytical and problem-solving skills to analyze games.

Suggested Textbooks

"Game Theory” by Drew Fudenberg and Jean Tirole.

Microeconomic Theory” by Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael D. Whinston, and Jerry R. Green.

A Course in Game Theory” by Martin Osborne and Ariel Rubinstein.

Strategy: An introduction to Game Theory” by Joel Watson.

Course Outline