Courses

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100-Level Courses

GOVT 103: Introduction to American Government (3 Credits)

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An overview of key organizing principles of American government, including its institutions, history, and various aspects of political participation. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

ECON 103: Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Introduces microeconomics in the context of current problems. Explores how market mechanism allocates scarce resources among competing uses; uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

ECON 104: Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Introduces macroeconomics in the context of current problems. National income analysis, money and banking, economic growth and stability, unemployment, inflation, and role of government. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 173: Logic and Critical Thinking (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Basic concepts and techniques of deduction, emphasizing the modern treatment of such topics as quantification and rules of inference, with study of the classical treatment. Basic principles of induction, informal fallacies, and uses of logic in everyday life. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

300-Level Courses

ECON 306: Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Basic factors of price and distribution theory: analysis of demand, costs of production and supply relationships, and price and output determination under various market structures. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 and MATH 108 or 113.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 311: Philosophy of Law (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Investigation of theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about law. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHIL or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

GOVT 323: Classical Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

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Lectures, discussions of developments in Western tradition of political thought from time of Greek city-state to late medieval Christendom. Topics include nature and purpose of politics, relationship between individual and state, political significance of religion and tradition, and concept of natural law. Equivalent to PHIL 323.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101, or three credits of Philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 323: Classical Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Exploration through lecture and discussion of developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the time of the Greek city-state to late medieval Christendom, focusing on such topics as the nature and purpose of politics, the relationship between the individual and the state, the political significance of religion and tradition, and the concept of natural law. Equivalent to GOVT 323.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101 or three credits of Philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 324: Modern Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Exploration through lecture and discussion of developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the Renaissance to the middle of the 19th century, focusing on such topics as the rise of individualism in political theory, early developments in social contact theory, theories of radical popular sovereignty, and early criticisms of liberal theory. Equivalent to GOVT 324.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101 or three credits of philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

GOVT 324: Modern Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

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Lectures, discussions of developments in Western tradition of political thought from Renaissance to mid-19th century. Topics include rise of individualism in political theory, early developments in social contact theory, theories of radical popular sovereignty, and early criticisms of liberal theory. Equivalent to PHIL 324.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101, or three credits of Philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 327: Contemporary Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Exploration through lecture and discussion of recent developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the middle of the 19th century to today. Different sections focus on one or another of the various political theories that have been influential during this period such as liberal, libertarian, conservative, communitarian, Marxist, feminist, and postmodern thought. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Equivalent to GOVT 327.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101 or three credits of philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

GOVT 327: Contemporary Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

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Lectures, discussions of developments in Western tradition of political thought from mid-19th century to today. Different sections focus on various political theories that have been influential during this period, such as liberal, libertarian, conservative, communitarian, Marxist, feminist, and postmodern thought. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. Equivalent to PHIL 327.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101 or three credits of Philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 357: Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Philosophical issues relating to competing methodologies for the social sciences. Analysis and critique of mainstream positivism and behaviorism; paradigm theory and scientific revolutions; interpretive understanding and hermeneutical science; phenomenology and the social construction of reality; ethnomethodology and situational meaning; analytic philosophy and action theory; the "idea" of a social science; sociology of knowledge and theory of ideology; and Western Marxism and critical theory. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of philosophy, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 358: Ethics and Economics (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines issues at the intersection of ethics and economics. Looks at the different ways in which ethics and economics impact each other. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 371: Philosophy of Natural Sciences (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

One semester of logic recommended. Study of aims and methodology of science. Among the questions of concern are: What constitutes a good scientific explanation? What grounds are used for comparing rival theories? Is there a special method of scientific discovery? Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

400-Level Courses

ECON 410: Public Choice (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Applies economic theory, methodology to study nonmarket decision making. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 411: Theories of Decision (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines from a philosophical perspective descriptive and normative theories of individual decision, with particular focus on the strengths and weaknesses of theories of rational choice, and attempts to incorporate insights from psychology into theories of decision. Explores theoretical developments and a variety of applications. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Two previous courses in either Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

ECON 412: Game Theory and Economics of Institutions (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2019 

Introduces game theory and its relevance for analyzing framework of rules and institutions within which economic processes occur. Applies game theoretical concepts to comparative analysis of causes and effects of alternative institutional arrangements. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

GOVT 422: Constitutional Interpretation (3 Credits)

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Examines Supreme Court's interpretation of constitutional powers of Congress, presidency, and judiciary. Includes examination of major decisions concerning state regulation, taxation, and interstate relations. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 103.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

PHIL 460: Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Covers issues in the philosophy, economics, and political science of institutions, information, and collective action. Through case studies of existing legal and political institutions, applies the insights to problems in politics, policy making, social-choice theory, and social, moral, and political philosophy. (Specific content varies). Notes: Serves as the capstone course for the PPE program. Equivalent to ECON 460, GOVT 469.
Recommended Prerequisite: PHIL 358 and ECON 412 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

GOVT 467: Current Issues in Economic Policy (3 Credits)

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Applies basic concepts of economics, political science and ethics to some of the most pressing issues facing the U.S. and global economies. Topics include productivity and economic growth, taxes, soaring costs for health care and higher education, globalization, income inequality, financial crises, the size of government and the proper role of regulation. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Open to PPE concentrators or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.