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Introduction to the International Political Economy - Woll

Dr. Cornelia Woll's Introduction to the International Political Economy provides students at Sciences Po Paris with a multidisciplinary perspective on the international political economy; Woll stitches together insights from political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, and history to grant her students a thorough understanding of the evolution of the modern international political economic order. Of particular interest to Dr. Woll are the tensions between capitalism and democracy and between national diversity and the integration of nations into cooperative units.

Injustice - Gourevitch

Professor Alex Gourevitch’s Injustice investigates the political realities of struggle under conditions of injustice. It asks: How have different groups resisted and overcome injustice? What are the differences between the means of overcoming injustice, and are there reasons to prefer some methods over others? May one break the law and be disobedient when fighting injustice? What ought a bystander to injustice do? 

The Political Theory of the Economy - Gourevitch

Professor Alex Gourevitch’s The Political Theory of the Economy uses historical analysis to provide students with an understanding of what an economy is, where it comes from, and why modern economies have taken their contemporary form. And the course investigates a series of critical theoretical questions underlying any economy: What is an economy? Do economies differ from government and, if so, how? What principles can be used to criticize an economy? How do we compare economies to any possible alternatives?

The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx - Gourevitch

Professor Alex Gourevitch’s The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx covers the intellectual development of Karl Marx with special emphasis on Marx’s Capital. The class discusses Marx as a philosopher of freedom, and it discusses the tensions highlighted in Capital between the social dynamics of capitalism and the concepts used to justify capitalism such as freedom, equality, and justice.

Work and Leisure - Gourevitch

Professor Alex Gourevitch’s Work and Leisure examines work, its facets, and its relation to oneself and one’s identity. The course develops thematically beginning with its virtues, moving onto its pathologies, then onto arguments for its distribution and organization, and lastly to a discussion of leisure and its importance. The course affords students a well-rounded understanding of the meaning of work and the ties between work, identity, and justice.

Bureaucratic Politics: Government, Military, Social, and Economic Organizations - Carpenter

Bureaucratic Politics: Government, Military, Social, and Economic Organizations acquaints students with the burgeoning bureaucracies that turn policy into tangible action. Professor Daniel Carpenter’s course covers different theories of organization, different kinds of bureaucratic structures, and the different bureaucracies that emerge in military, social, economic, and governmental contexts. 

The Political Economy of Government Regulation - Carpenter

In The Political Economy of Government Regulation, Professor Daniel Carpenter puts forward a survey of government regulation in an attempt to answer the following questions: How do regulations arise? Who influences them? Do they achieve their desired outcomes, and how would we know? The course provides Professor Carpenter’s students with an opportunity to reflect on the political atmosphere surrounding any governmental regulation and thus prepares these students to think carefully about regulation and its role in the public sphere.

What is a Republic? - Carpenter

Professor Daniel Carpenter’s What is a Republic? investigates the philosophical underpinnings and history of republics with a particular emphasis on the institutions of the United States of America. The class provides his students with a thorough introduction to republican theory and republican institutions.

Democratic Theory - Beerbohm

Early on in the undergraduate experience, Harvard students have the opportunity to take Professor Eric Beerbohm's Foundations of Political Theory which serves as a powerful introduction into these issues. The students are, from the beginning, challenged in their beliefs and thus prompted to think critically about the political institutions around them.


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