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OSPCPTWN 74: Development Economics: An Introduction from the Ground Up

Introduction to the field of development economics through the lens of the economic problems facing the disadvantaged in South Africa and introduction to field research. Three topics relevant to the South African economy: unemployment, health, and education, systemic factors behind these issues and potential policies and programs to alleviate them. Mixture of lectures and field research trips piggy-backing on the ongoing research performed by the Africa office of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) in the University of Cape Town School of Economics. Prior economics training is not required, but students who have some economics knowledge can take the course and will be assigned more advanced readings/assignments
Terms: Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-AQR, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Dupas, P. (PI)

OSPFLOR 12: Constituting a Republic: Machiavelli, Madison, and Modern Issues

Looking back to the worlds of Machiavelli and Madison, consider citizenship and constitutional design today. How should government today be constructed to serve the public good? What are our responsibilities as citizens with respect to public policy? Readings from central works of Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy and Discourse on Florentine Affairs and of James Madison, Federalist Papers.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Karlan, P. (PI)

OSPFLOR 26: The Politics of the European Crisis: from the Maastricht Treaty to the Greek Crunch

Discussion and analysis of the European Crisis, which started in Greece in 2009 and continues. Critical comprehension of the inner functioning of the European Union's economics, politics and institutions, understanding of the reasons for the crisis and the solutions undertaken. Comparative analysis with the United States to show the complexity entailed in having one monetary policy and nineteen distinct national budgets. Discussion of key challenges in Europe and next steps in the progress of European integration.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPFLOR 28: Between Art and Science: the Evolution of Techniques from Antiquity to Leonardo da Vinci

Revival of technical activity that began in the late fourteenth century, notably in Italy, and lasted, through the fifteenth century. New perspective on the Renaissance through focus on the careers and the most significant achievements of the "artist-engineers" active before Leonardo.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Galluzzi, P. (PI)

OSPFLOR 72: Reinventing Republicanism: How Florence Turned an Ancient Idea into a Revolutionary Project

This course retraces the rise and fall of the Florentine Republic. Students will read works by Florentine authors who defended republican government, as well as works by their classical predecessors. We will consider the inner workings of the Florentine Republic, visit its key sites, and learn how it was incessantly threatened by elite families. We will also study the afterlife of the Florentine Republic in works by later revolutionaries who chose it as an example. Authors include Aristotle, Livy, Cicero, Leonardo Bruni, Coluccio Salutati, Niccolò Machiavelli, Montesquieu, John Adams, and James Madison.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPFLOR 78: The Impossible Experiment: Politics and Policies of the New European Union

Institutional design of EU, forthcoming changes, and comparison of the old and new designs. Interactions between the EU, member states, organized interests, and public opinion. Major policies of the EU that affect economics such as competition or cohesion policies, market deregulation, and single currency. Consequences of the expansion eastwards. The role of institutions as a set of constraints and opportunities for the economic actors; relationships between political developments and economic change in the context of regional integration; lessons for other parts of the world.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Baracani, E. (PI)

OSPKYOTO 41: Queer Culture and Life in Japan

Exploration of queer lives and cultural practices in Japan through diverse materials from film, literature, theater, art, as well as newspapers and personal testimonies. What it means to be queer in Japan and how it might signify differently from a US context. Looking at each text, examine how gender norms and sexual politics intersect and operate in Japanese society.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPMADRD 40: Pirates, Soccer, and Dons: A Sampler of Economics and Data Science in Spain

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction into real-world¿and sometimes surprising¿economic phenomena with modern and historical Spain as the backdrop. The course will also give students a very basic introduction to statistical analysis in R.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-AQR, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Larsen, B. (PI)

OSPMADRD 42: A European Model of Democracy: The Case of Spain

Current Spanish political system, its main judicial and political institutions, outstanding actors' and the political process of the last decade. Historic antecedents; immediate precedents; and the current political system and life. Relation between the elements that constitute a political system; results of the process of democratization; integration to the EU.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPMADRD 43: The Jacobean Star Way and Europe: Society, Politics and Culture

The Saint James' Way as a tool to understand historic dynamics from a global perspective. Its effect on the structures that form a political and institutional system, and its society, economy, and ideology. Enrollment limited; instructor approval required.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-A-II, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
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