Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
prices and undermine markets. But the ﬁnancial exchanges need them to grow. So more than one economist has advocated for a sequential release of ﬁnancial information whereby sophisticated investors would have ﬁrst access and trade on that basis before small investors would learn about that information and play with it. This would come close to legalizing insider trading, that is letting managers in publicly traded companies exploit information that would have impact on the value of stocks held by small investors. You should enroll in this course if you are interested in the following topics : economic regulations ; the role of economics as a science shaping markets ; the interplay of legal and economic thinking ; white-collar fraud. In this course, you will learn to study a sociotechnical controversy involving both political, social and scientiﬁc questions and for which no collective agreement has yet been found. This is a project/case-based course where you will work in a group of like-minded students willing to advance knowledge and invent a new hybrid form of scholarship straddling scientiﬁc social sciences and resolution of conﬂict. This is an exercise in a new diplomacy requiring both cultural sensitivity and new forms of scientiﬁc skills for you to analyze them objectively. You will work in a team of up to 15 students. Towards the end of the course, you will make a public presentation of the deliverables of the course during a public performance where journalists and concerned parties of your project will be invited. This course will develop a series of skills : It will teach you to search documents (at times very technical documents) on the web and to organize them in a systematic manner to study them ; Studying them will require a series of tools. Each controversy demands its own unique combination of tools. You will not become masters of each and every of these tools, but you will develop a familiarity and an understanding of the promises and difﬁculties of analyzing dozens or thousands of documents. The delivery of these exercises, involving close reading and data-mining, will 1292
force you to think deep and hard about modes of presentation. Required reading : You need to read a book to prepare for the course : Latour, Bruno. 1986. Science in Action. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press.
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS : ADVANCED (LECTURE)
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Can Askan MAVI (Etudiant doctorant), Katrin MILLOCK (Chargée de recherche). Prerequisite : The course assumes no previous prerequisites in economics. It will aim to be as non-technical as possible, but there will extensive use of graphical arguments and some simple algebra. Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : The course grade is based on a written midterm exam (30%) in class before the October break, a take-home assignment with a practical calculation exercise (20%) to be handed in in November, and a ﬁnal written exam (50%) scheduled during ﬁnals week in December. Pedagogical method : Lecture format, but active participation is expected from students. The lectures will be complemented with tutorials in which students can bring up speciﬁc questions related to the material, in particular for those who have not studied economics before. Course Description : The course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of natural resource extraction. Students will become familiar with economic deﬁnitions of resources and reserves and measures of resource scarcity. The course will introduce the main economic principles for analyzing non-renewable and renewable resources, with examples from the mining sector, ﬁsheries and forestry. We will discuss the role of natural resources for economic growth and the evidence of a “natural resource curse”. The course will also cover the political economy of resources and the link between natural resources and conﬂicts, in particular. We will discuss some economic princ