Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Adjunct Lecturer Ari Gabinet on his course,  Law & Public Policy

New Public Policy Courses for Spring 2017

Social Entrepreneurship, Policy, and Systems Change, Scott Warren, Tuesdays 4-6:30
PLCY 1824
This course will explore the dynamics and interplay between social entrepreneurship, social change, and policy. Using the framework of Generation Citizen, an organization designed to encourage young people to be active and engaged citizens through implementing action civics in schools across the country, students will explore frameworks for social transformation, and whether stable governance and effective policies are necessary for sustainable change. DPLL

Ethics of Energy Policy, Lucas Stanczyk, Fridays 3-5:30
PLCY 1702D
This class explores ethical problems that arise in the context of energy policy. Topics addressed include: the ethics of climate change and emissions reduction policies; international equity as a central problem of energy policy; intergenerational equity as a central problem of energy policy; the ethics of natural resource depletion and conservation; the ethics of pollution control; standards for the public management of energy demand; energy demand and the ethics of economic growth; the ethics of energy consumption decisions by individuals, households and firms; scope of market forms of regulation in the energy policy arena; conflicts between economic, utilitarian and alternative rights-based frameworks.

Law & Public Policy, Ari Gabinet, Tuesdays 4-6:30
PLCY 1700M
This course will give students an introduction to business organizations — the law that governs corporations and partnerships, how they raise money in the financial markets, and to explore the public policy issues that inform the regulation of business and finance. We will look at business organizations, law that governs how companies raise money, operation of the stock markets, insider trading, and the regulation of institutional investors including mutual funds, hedge funds, and private equity funds. We will finish by taking up corporations as persons, their social obligations and the recent Supreme Court cases on corporations and the First Amendment.

Race, Gentrification, and the Policing of Urban Space, Jordan Camp, Wednesdays 3-5:30
PLCY 1701W
This seminar focuses on the relationships between structures and processes of racialization, gentrification, and the policing of urban space in the post 1970s United States. Through readings, lectures, and original research, students will develop analyses of a series of linked case studies in North American cities including Baltimore, Ferguson, New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Students will develop an inventory of concepts such as race, class, gender, sexuality, neoliberalism, rent, restructuring, scale, and space that are foundational for analyzing the interrelationship between housing and policing policies. DPLL WRIT

Justice, Gender, and Markets, Vibha Pingle, Thursdays 4-6:30
PLCY 1702A
This course will explore two main questions: how poor women connect to markets and how philosophical ideas about gender have influenced ideas about gender and justice and consequently, gender, justice, and markets. These questions help us explore how justice, gender, and markets interact and create conditions that keep millions of women trapped in poverty. They help us then develop policies and programs that might help women escape entrenched poverty.

City PoliticsJames Morone, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2:30
PLCY 0022
This course is designed to teach you how American politics works — both across the nation and, more specifically, in American cities. Yes, politics seems messy and chaotic and unpredictable. But it operates according to clear general rules and patterns. In this class, you’ll learn what those are. You’ll be able to make sense of the news, read a political campaign, and organize for social change in a politically realistic and effective way.

You will understand how politics works in the United States; how politics work in American cities; and how social change happens. My hope is that this knowledge will prepare (and energize) you to engage in politics and social change.