180109 SE Republican Freedom and the Economy (2019S)
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Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
1) An essay of 1500-1700 words, which presents and critically discusses one aspect of republican freedom in general, focusing on ideas from Pettit's book.
2) An essay of 2300-2500 words, which discusses the application of republican freedom to a given economic relationship. This essay may, for example, focus on Pettit's, Anderson's, or other authors' claims about freedom and domination in the economy, but can also explore some other economic relationship that these authors have so far not examined.
3) A public engagement piece of 750-1000 words, in the style of a blog entry or newspaper opinion piece, in which students use ideas from the course material to critically comment on current social and political affairs, or advocate a practical policy position. Pieces in The Economist can serve as a useful example for this kind of writing. The aim of this assessment is to allow students to experiment with writing for a non-specialist audience.Essay 1: 1500-1700 words, counts for 20% of the grade, deadline: June 1, 2019
Essay 2: 2300-2500 words, counts for 60% of the grade, deadline: September 30, 2019
Public engagement piece: 750-1000 words, counts for 20% of the grade, deadline: September 30, 2019Optional Presentation:
Optionally, a limited number of students can replace essay 1 or the public engagement piece with a 10 minute presentation at the start of a seminar. The purpose of the presentation is to recapitulate key points from the reading, and to introduce a first discussion topic for group discussions. The presenter is also expected to read all of the answers to reading questions on Moodle, and to engage with selected points from these answers where appropriate. Finally, following the group discussions, the presenter conducts a short plenary discussion of this topic. The remainder of the seminar will still be chaired by the lecturer.Interested students indicate their interest in a Moodle poll. If the number of interested students exceeds the number of presentation slots, then presenters will be selected on a lottery basis. After the first session of the seminar, presentation slots will be allocated to the presenters. As this allocation system does not allow students to indicate when to give their presentation, all potential presenters should be willing to present in pretty much any week (allowance can be made if students are unavailable in a given week). Presentations start from session 2.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Philip Pettit, "Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government" (OUP 1999).
Elisabeth Anderson: "Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It)", Princeton University Press, 2017. Key passages are available in her freely accessible Tanner Lectures here: https://tannerlectures.utah.edu/lecture-library.php
Philip Pettit, "Freedom in the Market", in: Politics, Philosophy & Economics 2006. Available here: https://www.princeton.edu/~ppettit/papers/Freedom_in_the_Market_PPE.pdf.