PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Enforced Prerequisites:
PPE 300 with at least a C-.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of distribution requirements for PPE concentration.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we will cover some recent seminal book-length contributions to political economy. Critical evaluation and close reading of the authors’ arguments will be emphasized. The course involves a substantial writing component.

We will cover three broad themes within PPE. First we will examine issues arising in the context of public choice and the design of democratic institutions. We will ask questions like: is it rational to vote? What kinds of political irrationality arise within democratic contexts? What sorts of social choice mechanisms might promote collective rationality?

Second, we will examine recent takes on the fundamental debates of political economy contrasting socialist and capitalist frameworks. What is the most just method of organizing economic institutions? Are market-oriented societies intrinsically just or merely the lesser evil? Can there be a viable socialist alternative? What explains why some countries are richer than others? We will also examine the role of evolution in shaping human norms and the corresponding implications for economic and political institution design.

Lastly, we will examine the recent philosophical debate on immigration, incorporating perspectives from political science and economics. Are immigration restrictions justified or should there be open borders? If some restrictions are justified, what justifies them? And how should nation-states choose which foreigners to admit?

PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25869
Open
25
25PPE SENIORS
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Liberalism
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 1400888395
Against democracy, Author: Brennan, Jason, 1979-
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0691143617
Why not socialism?, Author: Cohen, G. A., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2009
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0415732964
Why not capitalism?, Author: Brennan, Jason., Publisher: Routledge 2014
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0804785961
Hive mind : how your nation's IQ matters so much more than your own, Publisher: Stanford Economics and Finance 2016
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0691158169
A cooperative species : human reciprocity and its evolution, Author: Bowles, Samuel, 1936-, Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press 2013
Required
ISBN: 0674969820
Strangers in Our Midst : The Political Philosophy of Immigration, Author: Miller, David.
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for PPE 400 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)