Normative Analysis: What Guides Our Political and Policy Choices?
0.5 Credit

This course explores the role that values play in political practice, and whether we can talk about values such as freedom, fairness, justice, goodness, efficiency - in ways that are principled, even scientific. This seminar introduces some promising efforts to argue constructively about values in politics and public life, by examining a range of morally charged controversies at a variety of geographic and political scales, such as enduring racial injustices, gendered assumptions about work and productivity, universal health care, covert and extra-judicial military engagements, and the possibility of global justice.