Overview and theses
Notes for September 3
We mostly spoke about theses. I gave a brief overview of how the thesis works and then cajoled you to describe an idea.
Possible thesis topics
This is what the members of the class said when I put them on the spot. No one is committed to these ideas, but it’s good to start thinking.
- How does the economics curriculum compare with our ideals of liberal education?
- The social and political status of residents of Argentine favelas
- Sustainable development in India
- What laws and moral rules are multinational corporations subject to: those of their “home” country or the local ones where they operate?
- A big journalistic story, e.g. the NSA or voting suppression stories
- Does Hawaii’s voting patterns divert money to the state?
- Comparison of attitudes towards the role of government in the US and European countries, e.g. Spain
- The morality of using economic methods to evaluate sports players
- Measurement of health
- Economic and political rights in China
- What happens to inmates when they get out of prison?
- Financial deregulation and politics
I gave out a document listing past PPE thesis titles. I also described a document that gives the timetable for the thesis. Both are now posted in the Resources section of the Sakai site.
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