Introduction to Engaged Citizenship and Social Change

Introduction to key concepts, theories, and critiques of civic engagement and social change, with a focus on competing notions of democratic citizenship.  Examination of voluntarism, philanthropy, community service, political participation, social activism and other forms of community engagement. Critical reflection on ethical issues related to community engagement and social change, including critiques of progressivism and service.

American Constitutional Development and Interpretation II: Individual Rights

Historical, political, and doctrinal introduction to the primary themes of constitutional protection of individual rights in the United States, judicial review, state action, incorporation, fundamental rights (e.g., marriage, contraception, abortion, and speech), and equal citizenship (i.e. discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and sexual orientation).

Racial Attitudes, Racial Prejudice, and Racial Politics

Course delves into work from sociology, social psychology, and political science to explore the development of racial attitudes, stereotypes, and prejudice. Consideration of the way race matters for attitudes and behavior among all racial and ethnic group members and how racial attitudes have changed over time, corresponding to massive social, legal, and political changes in the United States.

Political Polarization in the US: Causes and Consequences

Examines various measures of the degree of polarization in the public and in Congress, explores the causes of observed changes in polarization over time, and considers what consequences these changes have had for the practice of electoral politics and the conduct of government.  Open only to students in the Focus Program.  Instructor consent required.  Instructor: Rohde. One course.

Law and Philosophy

Seminar will engage in an investigation of the concept of law. Employ both historical and conceptual analyses of several texts, both classic and contemporary.  Topics include: the nature and legitimacy of law; the relationship between law and morality; the relationship between law and politics and the concept of the rule of law.

Institutions and Self Governance

Study the history and development of institutions in self-governing communities and societies to gain a deeper understanding of the need for creating and maintaining institutions to resolve specific collection action problems and to achieve social security, political stability and economic prosperity in general for a community.

Politics and Economics

Politics is about choices that affect the distribution of gains and losses, and about societal and political conflicts surrounding them.  Course analyzes how political and economic forces shape: (1) Historical origins, such as the industrial revolution, slavery, and the birth of the modern welfare state; (2) Macro-economic policies, such as the taxation of capital, public spending and debt; and (3) Redistribution policies, such as welfare programs, unemployment and health insurance, and the minimum wage.

America in the World Economy: The Law, Politics , and Economics of U.S. An titrust, 1890-2015.

Introduction to the history and key issues in U.S. antitrust from the beginning of federal antitrust legislation in 1890 through today, with special emphasis on how politics and economics of antitrust have been intertwined with the position of the United States in the world economy. Focuses on antitrust law—which authorizes interventions against cartels, monopolies, and anti-competitive conduct, with the goal of constraining the accumulation and abuse of economic power—as one of the key instruments governments have to shape the structure and distribution of benefits of a market economy.