U of R LDST 390 - Syllabus (12 pages)

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University of Richmond
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Ldst 390 - St:Studies In Ethcs Postn Thry
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LDST 390 04 ECON 260 02 SPRING 2012 SEMINAR ON ECONOMIC THOUGHT POLITICAL JUSTICE JEPSON SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND INSTRUCTOR Mr Christopher Martin CONTACT INFORMATION Email preferred cmartin6 richmond edu Voice 703 261 4898 CLASS LOCATION Jepson Hall Room 108 CLASS WEBSITE http www christopherecon org Navigate to the Teaching section and then choose the 2012 Spring History of Economic Thought area The updated assignment list is under the first bold heading Probably easiest to bookmark that page for easy access MEETING TIMES Class Time T 3 00 5 45 First Class Tuesday January 10th Last Class Tuesday April 17th PAPERS DUE Friday April 20th 5 PM via email PDF FINAL EXAM Friday April 27 7 10 PM regular room 1 OFFICE OFFICE HOURS By appointment though I also keep W 1 30 3 00 open Please email me at least 24 hours in advance excluding weekends WEATHER AND DISASTERS I ll go by the university s decision to cancel class in case of weather or other emergencies You can call 804 289 8760 to check if UR classes are being held COURSE OBJECTIVE In this seminar we will take a great books and discussion based approach to the early history of economic thought ranging from Aristotle and the Bible to John Stuart Mill on the eve of the Marginal Revolution in the middle nineteenth century Through the lens of these classic texts we ll trace how economic understanding has illuminated and sometimes obscured questions of justice and the the proper policy response to economic problems Because of the early date of the texts the course makes no claim to giving the state of the art of economic understanding on any given issue although many of the basic principles are applicable and will help economics and business majors to some extent The more important goal is to accustom you as future leaders and citizens to thinking rigorously about economic 1 You can consult the university exam schedule policies for spring 2012 here http registrar richmond edu common PDF 6 7 20Exam 20Schedule ExamSched Spring12 pdf issues and overcoming the provincialism of time that sometimes leads us to dismiss the experience of earlier ages as irrelevant to our own PREREQUISITES This is not a technical economics course and emphasizes meeting early thinkers on their own terms Accordingly there are no prerequisites although Econ 101 and 102 would be helpful All participants will be expected to take an active part in the discussion REQUIRED TEXT AND RESOURCES Due to the number of sources referenced this semester we re going to employ an anthology of economic writings both to decrease your search time for the texts and to give us all consistent page numbers When the anthology lacks a text of interest I will supply an alternative way to get it through the Internet via Econlib or a similar free website Medema Steven G and Warren J Samuels 2003 The History of Economic Thought A Reader New York Routledge This book ISBN 0415205514 is stocked at the UR bookstore and may be available through other vendors as well I recommend buying it if at all possible but if you face a hard budget constraint it s also available as an electronic resource at the library The electronic resource can only be viewed by one person at a time though so you will need to coordinate with your peers GRADING Your overall grade will be calculated from several sources as outlined below 10 30 30 30 Present and Prepared score explained below In Class Participation Activities and Minor Writing Assignments Research Paper Final Exam Present and Prepared System I believe that it was F A Hayek who commented that the mind cannot grow except in the company of other minds This is particularly true of a seminar course where we deepen our understanding through the disciplined conversation However a good conversation requires that participants have read the relevant texts I know that your heart is in the right place on the issue of class preparation but having been a college student myself also know that there are many demands on your time Accordingly I use the following system to reward you for doing the readings but with flexibility built in to accommodate the inevitable days when you might have another exam be recovering from illness etc When you arrive at class there will be a sheet where you can if you wish sign in for that day Signing in indicates for me that you are both present and prepared that is that you are both physically and intellectually present you have read the material assigned for that day and are ready to discuss it If you sign in as present and prepared for at least eleven out of the fourteen class sessions you ll receive an A on the present and prepared portion of your grade The first day counts as prepared if you are there If you don t sign in for at least eleven classes you lose this portion of the grade entirely But if you sign in for MORE than the baseline you receive a bonus of 1 each time so if you came present and prepared to all sessions you would in effect get 3 extra credit points to your final grade If you sign in as present and prepared I ll consider you as an active participant in that day s conversation so I may call on you to advance the conversation about the readings If I call on you and you obviously haven t read the assignment there is a penalty of 5 to your grade you lose half the ENTIRE present and prepared score You are only penalized if you claim to have read the material but clearly haven t It s OK to have read but not to completely understand everything as long as you have obviously made the effort and are ready to discuss If you come to class and don t sign in as present and prepared you are still welcome to participate in the conversation in fact that is great If I forget that you aren t signed in and call on you you can just remind me that you didn t sign in You can still answer if you wish Class Participation I m looking for serious thought respect for and intellectual engagement with your classmates intellectual courage and overall contributions to the discussion A shy person who makes periodic but well thought out contributions can do just as well here as a naturally gregarious person who loves to talk Short Exercises In place of a midterm I intend to give a few very short essay assignments and possibly some small in class mini tests In the former case I might for instance ask you to to reflect on what justice in exchange requires A mini test might ask you to explain what Adam Smith meant when he said that


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