ENVS 3555 (010) Sustainable Economies 

Faculty Fellow: Matthew Burgess 

Applies a holistic and transdisciplinary approach to answering the following questions: (i) What might an environmentally sustainable economy look like? (ii) What social and political challenges might such an economy face? (iii) What institutions might support an environmentally and socially sustainable economy? The course draws on concepts from several branches of economics' especial macroeconomics, ecological economics, and public finance' as well as other related disciplines, including history, psychology, politics, and evolutionary biology. Recommended prerequisites: ECON 2010 or ECON 2020 or other introductory-level economics course. 


ENLP 2000 (001) Leadership, Fame, and Failure 

Faculty Fellow: Paul Diduch 

Examines the ambition, moral character, prudence, and grit required for effective leadership. Common causes of leadership failure are also considered. A wide variety of ancient and modern leaders are studied in the disciplines of science and technology, politics, business, and military affairs using primary source readings in history, philosophy, and literature. Also explores whether leadership is a teachable art. 


ENLP 4000 (001) The Empire of Modern Science 

Faculty Fellow: Paul Diduch 

Examines science and technology's rise to the status of political, cultural, and economic leader of the modern world. Also considers the ambitions and limits of the modern scientific enterprise and investigates whether scientists are adequately equipped to lead humanity's political, spiritual, and evolutionary future. Readings are drawn from primary sources in history, economics, politics, philosophy, and literature. 


ECON 8219 (001) Economics Research Methods Workshop 2 

Benson Center Associate Faculty Director: Dr. Taylor Jaworski 

Continuation of ECON 8209. Assists students starting their doctoral thesis by discussing relevant economic research. Presents and discusses research papers. 


PHIL 5010 (001) Single Philosopher 

Benson Center Director: Daniel Jacobson 

Philosophers covered include, from year to year, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant. Includes at least one course per year on an ancient author and one course per year on a modern author.