DPI-201 I: The Responsibilities of Public Action for International and Global Affairs

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Mathias Risse


Day Time Location
First Day 1/26
Meet Day M/W 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM L140


This course is a philosophical examination of the responsibilities of public policymakers in a democracy. The course asks two questions: (1) What should governments do? (2) What should political actors do? The first question requires consideration of public principles that guide good, just, and legitimate public policy. The second question requires consideration of the many and often competing obligations that should guide political actors inside and outside government, particularly when there is disagreement about what is good, just, and legitimate public policy. Discussions and assignments focus on applications of theoretical concepts from scholarly readings in philosophy and political theory to practical issues of public policy and policymaker responsibility.

Open to MPP1 students only. Part of a five course integrated cohort tailored to the needs of MPP students interested in the International and Global Affairs (IGA) policy area of concentration. Students who enroll in DPI-201I must also enroll in API-102I, API-202I, DPI-101I, and IGA-100 during the spring 2015 semester. Participation in this experimental integrated cohort is required for prospective IGA concentrators.






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