Political Science

The problems confronting us now and in the future require an analytical capacity to bring together expertise from several disciplines. In an era of global interdependence and rapid technological change, we need to think practically about the institutional dynamics of power and governance. We have to understand the technical complexities of economic and statistical analysis at the same time that we think critically about basic moral and political choices. Constructive responses to such problems as coping with natural and social hazards, allocation of limited social resources (e.g., medical care), or morally sensitive political issues (e.g., affirmative action and war crimes) require close knowledge of their political, economic, and social dimensions, and a capacity to think rigorously about the basic questions they raise.

EVST  398 01 (13124)
Energy, Climate, Law, and Policy
John Wargo
M 1.30-3.20

Overview of the legal norms governing patterns of energy use and associated adverse effects on climate stability, environmental quality, and human health. Focus on U.S. law and policy, with some consideration of relevant international treaties. Special attention to building efficiency and to land-use regulation and urban growth, particularly coastal prospecting and development.

PLSC281 01 (11513) /RLST865/RLST273
Moral, Religious, and Social Issues in Bioethics

David Smith
TTh TTh 10.30-11.20

A selective survey of issues in biomedical ethics. Comparison of different points of view about biomedical issues, including religious vs. secular and liberal vs. conservative. Special attention to issues in research and at the beginning and end of life.

INRL 247 01 (11935) /INRL527/LAW20571/PLSC360
Comparative and International Bioethics
Stephen Latham
TTh 11.35-12.50

Approaches in different countries, both developed and developing, to a number of core issues in biomedical ethics: organ transplants, end-of-life care, human-subject research, and access to health care. Readings in primary and secondary sources, including international treaties and standards.

PLSC257 01 (21659)
Bioethics and Law

Stephen Latham
TTh 9.00-10.15

The treatment by American law of major issues in contemporary biomedical ethics: informed consent, assisted reproduction, abortion, end-of-life care, research on human subjects, stem cell research, and public health law. Readings include legal cases, statutes, and regulations.

HLTH 450 01 (22510) /INTS349/INRL528/GLBL322/PLSC121
Strategic Thinking in Global Health
Elizabeth Bradley
Leslie Curry
Michael Skonieczny 

Core principles for the development and implementation of grand strategy in addressing common global health problems. Application of these principles and of strategic problem solving at both conceptual and practical levels. Political and policy analysis, organizational theory, and leadership skills central to addressing global health issues in low- and middle-income countries.

HPA 594 01 (20614) /PHIL707/INRL524
Global Health Ethics, Politics, and Economics
Thomas Pogge
Jennifer Ruger
T 10.10-12.00

Global health inequalities are wide and growing. Such inequalities pose ethical challenges for the global health community, especially international and domestic health and development institutions. This course features a series of distinguished visitors from academia as well as a few important representatives of international organizations (WHO, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Bank), foundations (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), politics, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and/or the investor community. 

PLSC 417 01 (11719) /EP&E365/INTS347/GLBL313/ECON487
The Political Economy of AIDS in Africa
Nicoli Nattrass
T 2.30-4.20

The impact of and responses to the AIDS pandemic in Africa examined from a comparative perspective. Focus on South and southern Africa.