Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE)


July 7 - July 20, 2019

July 28 - August 10, 2019

The Politics, Law & Economics session (PLE) is aimed at students with an interest in understanding diverse economic theories, the values and practices of government, and legal frameworks in historical and comparative perspectives.

Students learn key ideas in topics such as public policy, human rights, market regulation, governance structures, and international law. The session builds students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, enabling them to examine social systems and present-day issues through the lenses of economic, legal, and political theory. In the PLE session, students draw extensively on interdisciplinary approaches to build their expertise and exposure to a wide array of topics within politics, law, and economics, preparing them to be more informed and engaged global citizens.

Due to outstanding demand, Summer 2019 will be the first time that two PLE sessions will be offered, giving more students the opportunity to explore these key topics in the social sciences. Each two-week session of PLE runs independently, and students can list their preferences for session dates in the application.

PLE is a great fit if you are intrigued by any of the following (or related) questions:

  • As climate change and global conflicts continue to shape global migration, how does international law govern (or not govern) asylum processes in different country contexts?
  • What legal frameworks exist governing surveillance and foreign intelligence gathering?
  • What types of resistance movements bring about lasting political change? And how do innovations in social media shape and change protest movements today?
  • What are the challenges in tackling criminal economic activities, particularly if they cross international borders? How can policy makers design relevant and successful solutions?
  • Should governments regulate markets? How do governments balance economic growth with workers’ protections?
  • How do historical narratives and philosophical ideals, such as the idea of the self and the individual, impact contemporary political debate and policy making?

Learn more about our past 2018 PLE Lecture Speakers