Politics, Law, & Economics

Dates: June 19 - July 2, 2016

What is it?

The Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is aimed at students with an interest in understanding American legal principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of government in historical and comparative perspectives. Using and critiquing the vast resources of the American intellectual and political tradition, students move on to consider potential solutions for important contemporary social problems.

Students learn key ideas in economic, legal, and political theory that are the basis for understanding social systems well beyond the borders of the United States. Lectures and elective seminars will cover topics such as civil rights, democratic institutions, market regulation, freedom of speech, the American presidency, and comparative constitutions.

Over the two-week program, students will complete a research-based assignment and will be asked to present their work to instructors and fellow students. They will also participate in a lively simulation activity, learn about relevant career paths from faculty and practitioners, and build a toolkit of critical skills for academic work and leadership in college and beyond.

Who teaches in it?

Drawing on Yale’s exceptional academic traditions in the humanities and social sciences, PLE lectures are given by faculty in the Yale Law School, and Departments of History, Political Science, and Economics, as well as distinguished guests. They include:

  • Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science
  • Paul Solman, Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and PBS Newshour Correspondent
  • William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics
  • Jonathan Holloway, Professor of History, African American Studies & American Studies and Chair of African American Studies

Are there prerequisites?

While not formally required, students interested in PLE should have some background in high school social studies and history.


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