Teachers

2019 Immersion Courses in Political Economy and Moral Science

Overview

The Department of Political Economy and Moral Science at the University of Arizona offers a suite of intensive interdisciplinary courses for practicing teachers. Taught by University of Arizona faculty and scholars from elite universities, courses integrate ethical, political, and economic perspectives to critically evaluate modern society. Outstanding applicants are eligible for full tuition fellowships as well as funding for room and board throughout the program. Apply here.

Participants who successfully complete one or more courses join a network of outstanding educators eligible to attend advanced workshops, special events, and professional development retreats. Pending university approval, credits will count toward a graduate certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a planned M.A. in Political Economy.

Logistics

Dates:
  • Session 1: June 10-19
  • Session 2: June 20-28

Location: University of Arizona Main Campus

Courses:

Tuition: $750 per course

Course Descriptions

Ethical Marketplace (session 1)

Ethics and economics are too often divorced to the detriment of understanding either. The Ethical Marketplace revives an integrated inquiry begun by classic philosophers and economists. Central questions include:

  • What is the role of ethics in the marketplace?
  • Why do some societies grow rich while others remain poor?
  • When do institutions foster cooperation and innovation or corruptionand waste?
  • What one must do to succeed and to deserve to succeed in a marketsociety?

Environmental Ethics (session 2)

Environmental problems figure prominently in contemporary public discourse. Nevertheless, the inherent complexity of social life challenges us to even define objectives, much less reach satisfactory solutions. Searching for clarity, this course asks:

  • How are humans and human activity related to the naturalenvironment?
  • What environmental problems do we face? What alternatives areavailable?
  • What count as solutions and how can we achieve them?
  • How can we trace the ethical and economic implications of our choices?

Game Theory and Collective Choice (session 1)

Individuals and groups routinely cooperate, coordinate, and compete. Pervasive interdependence requires that individuals respond to others’ actions, often with limited information. This course applies formal techniques of game theory to explore:

  • How do individuals make decisions under uncertainty?
  • Can groups make rational collective decisions?
  • What are the social implications of rational and strategic behavior?
  • When does strategic behavior promote or undermine social goals?

Contact:

Kerry Montaño
Managing Director for Ethics, Economy & Entrepreneurship
kdmontan@email.arizona.edu

Faculty:

More Information:

If you would like more information about offering the EEAE course at your school, please contact Kerry Montaño. Training for new teachers takes place each year in June.  Due to limited workshop space, preference will be given to applicant teachers from schools that have committed to offering the EEAE course in the upcoming academic year.  Other interested teachers will be admitted as space allows.
 
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Montaño, Manager, Special Programs: