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BMAT 12A02 - Quantitative and mathematical methods for social Sciences - Intermediate level

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The aim of the course is to make sure you are familiar with the basic mathematical toolkit that you will need for your classes in the social sciences: economics, sociology and political science. Economics at the undergraduate and graduate level for instance, relies extensively on modelisation, and rational agent models are also becoming more popular in political science. Moreover, empirical analysis is becoming more and more important, and to understand the issues involved you need to master basic mathematical tools. Over the 12 classes, the main objective is to make sure that you understand the most important operations that you will need in the future: functions, derivatives, optimisation, integration and sequences. We will also use the exercises as an opportunity to see some economic concepts: Production and utility functions, utility and profit maximisation etc… Hopefully, the course will complement what you learn in the CORE textbook.


  • DESCHAMPS, Pierre J. (PhD student)
  • LUU, Thi Hong Nhung (PhD student)

Pedagogical format

We will spend half of the class learning the mathematical concepts. I will give out weekly problem sets for you to solve at home, and we will correct them during the second half of the class.

Course validation

Apart from the problem sets, you will have a final, 2-hour exam, and 3 exams, including one group takehome. The final exam will be worth 40% of your final grade, and each of the smaller exams will be worth 20%.

Required reading