2019 Immersion Courses in Political Economy and Moral Science
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.
- Session 1: June 10-19
- Session 2: June 20-28
Location: University of Arizona Main Campus, Social Sciences Building
- PHIL 504 Ethical Marketplace (session 1)
- PHIL 500 Environmental Ethics (session 2)
- PHIL 504 Game Theory and Collective Choice (session 1)
Tuition: $750 per course, or apply for a fellowship HERE.
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?
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 natural environment?
- What environmental problems do we face? What alternatives are available?
- What counts 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?
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