Course Title : Planning and Management of Social Systems

Code 35210
Course Year 3rd year
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Thursday・1
Location Kyoutsuu4
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Schmöcker, Qureshi

Course Description

This lecture series explains why and how society can be regarded as a system and described with mathematical tools. Predicting changes in a society and influencing society in a desired direction are closely related to infrastructure planning and management. Basic concepts and frameworks of typical models that are indispensable for the analysis of (social) system states and trends are introduced. Moreover the lectures cover theories in social psychology and discuss how cultural differences impact infrastructure planning.


Joined judgement of report and end of term exam.

Course Goals

To provide students with a complex system perspective of society and to clarify the role of infrastructure planning and management. Further, to provide understanding of some mathematical and psychological typical models for system analysis.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction 2 Problems of infrastructure planning and management, and its methodology. Abstract of systems analysis and "physics of society".
Markov models 2 Markov process. Transition probability matrix. Steady state.
Time-series predicting model 2 Serial correlation. Auto-Regressive model. AutoRegressive-Moving Average model.
Multivariate analysis 1 Principal component analysis. Quantification theory
Game theory and general social dilemma situations 3 Strategic interdependency. Nash equilibrium. Typical models. Social dilemma situations and infrastructure planning.
Social psychology and planning 2 Attitudes, values and their influence on behavior and planning
Summary 1 Review of connection between the various topics, questions and answers




Hillier, F.S. and Lieberman, G.J. (2010) Introduction to Operations Research. 9th Edition. McGraw Hill.
Straffin, P.D. (1993). Game Theory and Strategy. The Mathematical Association of America. New Mathematical Library.
Further useful textbooks and materials are introduded during the lectures.


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Additional Information

Offices hours of the teachers are notified during the first class.