Core Courses

These courses are mandatory for all PPE majors, and are intended to be interdisciplinary in a way that helps students apply a common set of tools across different disciplines.

 

PPE 311/ECON 013: Strategic Reasoning

Prerequisite: ECON 001; This course may NOT be taken concurrently with or after Econ 212.

This course is about strategic interactions. In such situations, the outcome of your actions depends also on the actions of others. When making your choice, you have to think what the others will choose, who in turn are thinking what you will be choosing, and so on. Game Theory offers several concepts and insights for understanding such situations, and for making better strategic choices.  This course will introduce and develop some basic ideas from game theory, using illustrations, applications, and cases drawn from business, economics, politics, sports, and even fiction and movies. Some interactive games will be played in class.  There will be little formal theory, and the only prerequisites are some high-school algebra and having taken Econ 1.  However, general numeracy (facility interpreting and doing numerical graphs, tables, and arithmetic calculations) is very important. This course will also be accepted by the Economics department as an Econ course, to be counted toward the minor in Economics (or as an Econ elective).

 

PPE 312/PSCI 236: Public Policy Process

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of the policy-making process. There are four primary learning objectives. First, understanding how the structure of political institutions matter for the policies that they produce. Second, recognizing the constraints that policy makers face when making decisions on behalf of the public. Third, identifying the strategies that can be used to overcome these constraints. Fourth, knowing the toolbox that available to participants in the policy-making process to help get their preferred strategies implemented. While our focus will primarily be on American political institutions, many of the ideas and topics discussed in the class apply broadly to other democratic systems of government.

 

PPE 313/PSYC 265: Behavioral Economics and Psychology

Prerequisite: ECON 001 

Our understanding of markets, governments, and societies rests on our understanding of choice behavior, and the psychological forces that govern it. This course will introduce you to the study of choice, and will examine in detail what we know about how people make choices, and how we can influence these choices.  It will utilize insights from psychology and economics, and will apply these insights to domains including risky decision making, intertemporal decision making, and social decision making.

 

Spring 2021 CORE COURSES OFFERED

 

PPE 311/ECON 013: Strategic Reasoning (Selman)

401 LEC MW: 3:30-5 PM

Prerequisite: ECON 001; This course may NOT be taken concurrently with or after Econ 212.

This course is about strategic interactions. In such situations, the outcome of your actions depends also on the actions of others. When making your choice, you have to think what the others will choose, who in turn are thinking what you will be choosing, and so on. Game Theory offers several concepts and insights for understanding such situations, and for making better strategic choices.  This course will introduce and develop some basic ideas from game theory, using illustrations, applications, and cases drawn from business, economics, politics, sports, and even fiction and movies. Some interactive games will be played in class.  There will be little formal theory, and the only prerequisites are some high-school algebra and having taken Econ 1.  However, general numeracy (facility interpreting and doing numerical graphs, tables, and arithmetic calculations) is very important. This course will also be accepted by the Economics department as an Econ course, to be counted toward the minor in Economics (or as an Econ elective).

 

PPE 312/PSCI 236: Public Policy Process (Meredith)

LEC & REC Required

401 LEC MW: 10-11 AM 

402 REC W 2-3PM                            

403 REC F 9-10AM                         

404 REC W 3-4PM                     

405 REC W 4-5PM                     

406 REC W 6-7PM                   

407 REC W 7-8PM                     

408 REC F 10-11AM                   

409 REC R 4:30-5:30PM               

410 REC F 11-12NOON                 

411 REC W 8-9PM                     

412 REC R 2-3PM                     

413 REC R 3-4 PM

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of the policy-making process. There are four primary learning objectives. First, understanding how the structure of political institutions matter for the policies that they produce. Second, recognizing the constraints that policy makers face when making decisions on behalf of the public. Third, identifying the strategies that can be used to overcome these constraints. Fourth, knowing the toolbox that available to participants in the policy-making process to help get their preferred strategies implemented. While our focus will primarily be on American political institutions, many of the ideas and topics discussed in the class apply broadly to other democratic systems of government.

 

Fall 2020 CORE COURSES OFFERED

 

PPE 311/ECON 013: Strategic Reasoning (Dillenberger)

TR: 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Prerequisite: ECON 001; This course may NOT be taken concurrently with or after Econ 212.

This course is about strategic interactions. In such situations, the outcome of your actions depends also on the actions of others. When making your choice, you have to think what the others will choose, who in turn are thinking what you will be choosing, and so on. Game Theory offers several concepts and insights for understanding such situations, and for making better strategic choices.  This course will introduce and develop some basic ideas from game theory, using illustrations, applications, and cases drawn from business, economics, politics, sports, and even fiction and movies. Some interactive games will be played in class.  There will be little formal theory, and the only prerequisites are some high-school algebra and having taken Econ 1.  However, general numeracy (facility interpreting and doing numerical graphs, tables, and arithmetic calculations) is very important. This course will also be accepted by the Economics department as an Econ course, to be counted toward the minor in Economics (or as an Econ elective).

 

PPE 313/PSYC 265: Behavioral Economics and Psychology (Bhatia)

TR: 1:30-3 PM

Prerequisite: ECON 001 

Our understanding of markets, governments, and societies rests on our understanding of choice behavior, and the psychological forces that govern it. This course will introduce you to the study of choice, and will examine in detail what we know about how people make choices, and how we can influence these choices.  It will utilize insights from psychology and economics, and will apply these insights to domains including risky decision making, intertemporal decision making, and social decision making.