PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PPE 300 with at least a C-.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of distribution requirements for PPE concentration.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course is about how we should think about the significant and growing economic inequality in the contemporary United States. Many believe that the staggering levels of economic inequality illustrate a serious flaw in our society. Yet some philosophers have argued that economic equality is not valuable or important in itself. And many economists have argued that economic inequality is actually good. So how should we think about the current economic inequality in the United States? Is it good or bad? Is it unjust or a requirement of justice?

We will talk and think about these questions, but most importantly we will work to get better at writing about them. Writing is a craft, and the way one improves at any craft is by practice and feedback. This course will help you become a better writer in precisely this way.

Course Requirements:

Papers and rewrites will be submitted online. There will be a few asynchronous quizzes through the course Canvas site.

Intended Audience:

This is a senior seminar for PPE majors. This will be seminar-style with synchronous instruction and discussion.

Class Format:

As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.


PPE 400 - Seminar in Political Economy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Liberalism

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