New courses announced for spring 2013

KIE instructors will be teaching a few new courses in the upcoming semester, including:

Religion, Ethics, Psychology {Ethics 290S.06/Psych 290S.01/ICS 290S.11}
Instructor: Dimitri Putilin (Undergraduate level)
Tuesday/Thursday 1:25 – 2:40pm

The course will consider two distinct perspectives on ethics: religious and psychological. Religions provide the oldest, immensely influential accounts of what it means to be moral; with its empirical approach and innovative methods, moral psychology is able to shed new light on how moral ideals shape people’s thoughts and behavior in the modern world. We explore and contrast the ideals of moral perfection described in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, and complement this with the understanding of morality which is emerging from empirical research in moral psychology, covering both established knowledge and current controversies. No prior knowledge of religion or psychology is required.


A Paradoxical Politics? Religions, Poverty, & Re-Imagining Citizenship in a Globalizing World {REL 999.08, XTIANTHE 840}
Instructors: Ebrahim Moosa, Dept. of Religion; Luke Bretherton, Divinity School
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 pm (Graduate level)

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar examines the paradoxes in the public sphere when faith, citizenship and poverty intersect with the myriad processes of globalisation.  What is the shape, purpose and configuration of the public sphere in regional, national and international contexts that issue forth from the points where these intersect? Understanding the paradoxes produced by the intersection of faith, politics and economics is a crucial yet neglected dimension to negotiating the impact of globalisation locally, regionally and internationally on a wide range of issues such as public health, the environment, welfare provision, schooling, development aid, immigration, urban regeneration and security.


The Modern Regulatory State {HST 365D-01/PUBPOL 219D.001}
Instructor: Edward Balleisen
Monday/Wednesday 3:05-4:20pm, plus discussion section (Undergraduate level)

This new undergraduate course offers an extended foray into the regulatory black box. Framed around questions of historical origins and transformations, the course will begin with the construction of modern, technocratic regulatory bodies in Western Europe and especially the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The course will examine the evolution of these institutions during the twentieth-century and explore more recent developments, including processes of privatization/deregulation and the impact of globalization on regulatory frameworks, and the expansion of regulatory modes of governance to emerging economies.