Policy Seminar 2

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI174SEMP2
Vaknaam Policy Seminar 2
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam PPE Policy Seminar 2
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course, the student is able to apply the key concepts and theories of PPE to concrete policy questions; connect these concepts and theories with the main qualitative and quantitative methods of PPE; identify appropriate concepts, theories and methods for complex problem-solving tasks; gather and organise information and evaluate its relevance to the case at hand; interpret, analyse and make sensible use of the information; process information in organised, structured argumentation; use insights from PPE to analyse conceptual and normative assumptions of arguments; present relevant information in an accessible and analytically rigorous manner in a policy report.
The topics will be economic inequality and democracy. At the end of the seminar, students will have gained significant knowledge of empirical issues around inequality and democracy and a good understanding of potential promises and shortcomings of policy proposals meant to tackle inequality or improve democratic institutions.
Omschrijving In the policy seminars students get the opportunity to apply the theories they learn in Methods of PPE but particularly in Theories of PPE to a concrete policy issue at hand, making use of the key methods and theories with which they have been acquainted in semester Ia and Ib. In this policy seminar, we will focus on two policy issues in depth, namely economic inequality and democracy. The aim is to understand relevant social and economic phenomena empirically, apply the normative and conceptual tools learned in previous classes and to discuss policy proposals aimed at tackling inequality or improving democratic institutions. In the final third, students present policy reports on related policy issues.
Uren per week
(Policy report (Students are examined based on one paper they write at the end of the course.))
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. A.T. Schmidt
Docent(en) Dr. A.T. Schmidt
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A reading list will be provided before the seminar.
Among other things, we will read chapters from Anthony B. Atkinson, Inequality Harvard University Press, 2015
No books need to be purchased ahead of class
Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government Princeton University Press, 2017
Entreevoorwaarden Theories of PPE, Methods of PPE, PPE Policy Seminar 1
Opmerkingen Students also have to give a presentation, but the presentation is not graded.

While all PPE students must take this course, they should still sign up for it on Brightspace.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Msc Philosophy, Politics and Economics 1 semester II a verplicht