University of Technology Sydney

23715 Game Theory and Strategic Decision Making

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UTS: Business: Economics
Credit points: 3 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject will introduce students to the key concepts of game theory and show how these concepts are helpful to understand a wide range of interactions in the real world. These insights are also relevant to understand how people react strategically when you want to influence them.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. analyse the set of possible strategies agents could adopt in a situation of social interactions
2. forecast likely behaviours as an equilibrium of such situations
3. determine if a change in the structure of incentives intended to change a group behaviour is likely to work as intended

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject will develop students understanding of key aspects of game theory and enable them to make sense of and predict human behaviour in social interactions. Students will learn to break down the different incentives present in a situation for all the different agents taking part in it. They will learn to assess how these incentives and the knowledge about others’ incentives can be expected to shape the behaviour emerging in a group of people interacting. The analytic skills gained in this unit are of critical demand in the industry.

This subject contributes to developing the following graduate attribute(s):

  • Intellectual rigour and innovative problem solving
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Professional and technical competence

This subject contributes to the development of the following program learning objective(s):

  • Collaborate and coordinate with members of a working group and interact with stakeholders to deliver effectively agreed outcomes (2.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is taught through a blend of online resources, self-directed study and seminars. Subject content will be presented to students in a variety of formats (lecture slides, notes, videos, articles) and delivered both online and in-class. At the beginning of the unit, students are expected to review materials and complete tasks on their own before attending a weekly Zoom review session with the lecturer. Materials will be provided to students on the teaching management system, but students are also expected to seek information independently.

At the end of the unit, seminars offer face to face interaction to review the material and engage students with the material. Seminars are highly interactive. Students will learn about game theory concept and methods and apply these to solve problems and case studies in-class, either individually or in small groups. Interactions and experimentation of different strategic games online will help the student familiarise with the concepts from game theory. Students will receive individual feedback in-class from the lecturer.

Content (topics)

  • The notion of equilibrium in a strategic interaction
  • Multiplicity of equilibria and equilibrium selection
  • Equilibrium in sequential moves games
  • Equilibrium in repeated games


Assessment task 1: Quiz (Individual)*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 35%
  • Accurate knowledge about strategic interactions

*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Assessment task 2: Case Study (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 65%
  • Reasonable economic assumptions applied to the problem
  • Analysis of strategic interaction, behaviour and consequences for decision makers and stakeholders
  • Clear written expression and organisation of the case study

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Recommended texts

[Optional] Binmore, K., 2007. Game theory: a very short introduction(Vol. 173). Oxford University Press.