2020 Immersion Courses in Political Economy


The Center for the Philosophy of Freedom 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 and a planned M.A. in Political Economy. Once The Ethical Marketplace course is taken, participants will be eligible to teach the Ethics, Economy & Entreprenurship course to their students with the option of receiving dual enrollment credit at the University of Arizona. 


  • June 15-24, 2020

Location: University of Arizona Main Campus, Social Sciences Building

Tuition: $750 per course, or apply for a fellowship HERE.


Course Descriptions

Ethical Marketplace 

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 corruption and waste?
  • What one must do to succeed and to deserve to succeed in a market society?
The Ethical Marketplace is offered each summer as the foundational course. Once completed, teachers are invited back to participate in additional courses. The list below is a sample of courses previously offered:
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Game Theory and Collective Choice
  • History of Economic Thought
  • The World of Adam Smith
  • Experiments in Political Economy

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:
520-626-6646 or kdmontan@arizona.edu