Toleration, Freedom of Conscience, and Religious Liberty

Explores the ideas of toleration, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty through a careful study of philosophers and theologians in the Roman world, where arguments for these concepts first emerged. Also considers the important contributions of early modern political philosophers and discussions by contemporary theorists. Readings may include Cicero, Seneca, Epictetus, Tertullian, Cyprian, Lactantius, St. Augustine, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Roger Williams, Jefferson, Nussbaum, and Forst.

South African Life Histories

Explores the last century of South African history through the lens of biography and autobiography.  Protagonists range from little known South Africans like the sharecropper Kas Maine, an African prophetess, and the self-styled godfather of Soweto to political artists and writers, and will include some of the country's most famous citizens like Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko and Helen Suzman.  Readings are a mix of scholarly and non-scholarly writings.

The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy II

Continuation of POLSCI 679S The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy I. Intensive engagement with core texts and arguments concerning the relationship between markets and democracy, economics and politics: special attention to equality and inequality, ecological limits, and the challenges of the post-2008 crisis period. Readings include F. Hayek, K. Polanyi, J. Dewey, W. Lippmann, F. Hirsch, F. Fukuyama, T. Piketty. Instructor: Purdy.

The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy I

Intensive examination of theories of capitalism and democracy. Will study whether democracy and capitalism conflict; whether either is viable and self-correcting in the long term; competing theories of freedom, equality, and progress; relevance of ecological limits, sustainability, and resilience; alternative perspectives, including socialism and traditional conservatism.  Attention to current debates, such as Piketty and inequality, climate change; major engagement with founding theorists of these issues, including Adam Smith, J.S.

Voting Behavior

A research-centered seminar focusing on models of voting behavior. Voting behavior includes individual voting by citizens in democracies but also voting by politicians in a variety of contexts (e.g., national legislatures or the United Nations). Methods employed will range from applied statistics to game theory to more recent innovations in the areas of computational social science and machine learning. Students will produce a journal length article. Instructor: DeMarchi.

Introduction to Machine Learning and Legislative Behavior

Introduction to using machine learning techniques to model behavior in legislatures. Focus on two canonical activities in legislatures. Students will build predictive models of voting in the US Congress using text as data to connect the content of bills to votes and will look ourside the United States and model bargaining and coalition formation in proportional representation systems. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor: Demarchi. One course.

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.

Business and Human Rights

An exploration of human rights advocacy from an ethical, political science and comparative perspective. Will focus on issues related to business and human rights. A core component of the course will include a human rights "lab" in which students work in groups on policy-oriented projects in collaboration with international NGOs. Permission of instructor required. Instructor: Katzenstein