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About the Course

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures. In this class, I present a starter kit of models: I start with models of tipping points. I move on to cover models explain the wisdom of crowds, models that show why some countries are rich and some are poor, and models that help unpack the strategic decisions of firm and politicians. The models covered in this class provide a foundation for future social science classes, whether they be in economics, political science, business, or sociology. Mastering this material will give you a huge leg up in advanced courses. They also help you in life. Here's how the course will work. For each model, I present a short, easily digestible overview lecture. Then, I'll dig deeper. I'll go into the technical details of the model. Those technical lectures won't require calculus but be prepared for some algebra. For all the lectures, I'll offer some questions and we'll have quizzes and even a final exam. If you decide to do the deep dive, and take all the quizzes and the exam, you'll receive a Course Certificate. If you just decide to follow along for the introductory lectures to gain some exposure that's fine too. It's all free. And it's all here to help make you a better thinker!...

Top reviews


Apr 6, 2018

The course presents a multitude of models that enable us to analyze human and systems behavior and interactions. By making implicit assumptions explicit we can understand real world processes better.


Feb 24, 2017

Great content and lectures, that possibly provides new dimensions to look/explain the situation in context, I guess I will comeback for references to continue with this journey in to 'Model Thinking'

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By 李俊

Dec 11, 2016

This course really informs us a great idea ----- the value of a model

By Liz M

Apr 22, 2021

Great takes on how multiple domains can be applied to other courses!


Mar 10, 2021

The Course is organized, helpful and professor kind and professional

By Christian G H

Feb 22, 2019

Extraordinary. I was a pretty good thinker but now I am way better.

By Deleted A

Feb 11, 2019

This is the course that I recall many times in my work and studies

By Juan P S

Jan 12, 2016

It's not just for good citizens, it's also for good politicians !

By Anastasios P

Feb 19, 2023

One of my favorite courses in modeling. Learned so many things!

By Jiajia X

May 22, 2017

i love it

it's confertabel,ican't say any word to discrable.....

By Nabiha S

Apr 8, 2016

Very useful in getting to know or getting started in modelling.

By Tibet

Apr 23, 2020

Very explanatory entrance level of modeling. Great instructor!

By Hengeveld

Jun 25, 2017

very good course i will recommend it to all the people i coach

By fiona c

Jul 6, 2016

Clear concise and very interesting. I can't believe it's free

By Karthikeyan S

Mar 28, 2016

Excellent course. Great professor. Really enjoying the course

By Mohamed Y

Feb 16, 2016

This is one of the best courses I have ever take in thinking.

By Jatin B

Jul 27, 2020

This was an amazing course. helped me learn a lot of models.

By stephenli

Feb 19, 2016

great course, interesting , many new perspective over worlds

By Mohammad A

May 27, 2020

Brilliant course. It will change the way you see the world!

By Aman

Mar 4, 2018

Great course! This can help you in making better decisions.

By Omprakash G G

Nov 27, 2015

Great breadth and appropriate depth facilitating easy grasp


Oct 11, 2022

i thought this class was very informative and challenging


Feb 5, 2016

Great course covering modeling techniques and perspective!

By Chen H Y

Nov 21, 2021

An excellent mind-opening experience!! Highly recommended

By Michael O

Oct 17, 2017

Excellent exposition of a variety of mathematical models.

By Rifqi F

Sep 5, 2020

Fantastic Course! Scientifically robust in a humble way

By Yeedubilli S

Mar 15, 2020

I learnt new things like how to see things in a new way