The course will explore a number of contemporary debates about the nature, scope, and requirements of justice. Is justice an objective standard accessible to reason, or is it, in some sense, the product of human choice? Do we have obligations of justice to all human beings, or only to our fellow citizens? Which, if any, facts about individuals are "arbitrary from a moral point of view"? In order to pursue justice in the real world, do we need a theory of justice? If so, what issues would the theory have to resolve?
This course provides the historical depth and the comparative context in which to understand contemporary South Asia through an historical inquiry into the making and multiple meanings of modernity. It explores the history, culture, and political economy of the subcontinent which provides a fascinating laboratory to study such themes as colonialism, nationalism, partition, the modern state, economic development, refashioning of religious identities, center-region problems and relations between Asia and the West. Significant use of primary written sources (in English) and multi-media... Read more about SW 36: Modern India and South Asia
A basic course in social choice theory and its analytical foundations. The subject matter will include possibility theorems in voting and in welfare economics. Attention will be paid to implementation theory, the theory of justice, and the analysis of liberties and rights.
A basic course in social choice theory and its philosophical foundations. An examination of "impossibility" results, collective rationality, domain restrictions, interpersonal comparability, and the role of rights and liberties.