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When you finish this course you will
- Understand the principal law and policy-relevant principal theories and concepts that present-day social sciences are developing .
- Be able to use those theories and concepts to make arguments about important legal and policy issues, including in areas such as criminal law, welfare policy, and climate concerns.
Week 1, January 25: Introduction to Behavioral Law and Economics
Week 2, February 1: Behavioral Law and Economics: Some basic concepts
Week 3, February 8: Behavioral Law and Economics: Some major concepts and examples
Week 4, February 15: Behavioral Law and Economics: Worldviews--Risk vs. Uncertainty; Survival of the Fittest vs. Good Enough
Weeks 5 and 6, February 22 and March 1: Behavioral Law and Economics: Personal Characteristics and Experiences; Time Horizons; Language
For the next 3 weeks (March 8, 15 and 22):
US students have 2 sessions (March 15 and March 22, during the Irish students’ break)
Irish students have 1 session (March 8, during the US students’ break)
The schedule for the 3 weeks will be announced, but one session, the “extra” class for US students, that Irish students are welcome to attend, is this:
Case Studies: Bankers generally, and Wells Fargo in particular (optional for Irish students, but Irish students are welcome to come)
Carbone, Board Diversity: People or Pathways?
Hill & Painter, Better Banks, Better Bankers (Chapter 3)
Note that because the US will be on Daylight Savings Time and Ireland will not, the Irish time for this class will be at 1-3pm, not 2-4pm
Weeks 8-10, March 29, April 5, and April 12
These are the “application” classes. There will be several topics per class (depending on the nature of the topic, and on enrollment). I will assign a few readings that introduce the issue and the law and econ/behavioral law and econ perspectives; students’ assignments will include coming up with their own lists of readings. The broad topics will include some or all of the following; I will identify specific issues within these topics.
• Dealing with scarcity, for example:
o Of blood/organs
o During emergency periods
o As rationale for regulation
(example: gambling? Heart Attack Grill?)
o Appraising approaches to paternalistic ends
• Other-regarding (altruistic) and future-regarding behavior
o By organizations
o By individuals
o Societal interest in level and type of risk
o Appraising approaches to encourage responsible risk-taking and discourage irresponsible risk-taking
• What should we do about diversity in business leadership and employee ranks and why?
• Is there an entitlement to merit goods?
o If so, what goods count as merit goods?
How best to provide them?
• What public services should be provided, and how?
Last class: CONCLUSION/recap
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Written assignments in assigned topics with aggregate number of words per student being 5000, not including reading lists.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Participation in discussion of assigned topics, including primary leading role in discussion of 1 topic and contributory role in discussion of 2 other topics, plus overall contrib to class discussion||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Written feedback on all assignments will be provided to students.