Fall 2021 Course List

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership offers four distinct academic tracks in our curriculum. Each track will allow you to graduate on time, however, includes courses that allow you to tailor your academic experience to your goals and interests.

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New Courses

CEL 394 Free Speech on Campus and in American Society 
The first part of the seminar will be an overview of American free speech doctrine, with an emphasis on the protection of public discourse. The second half will be on free speech on campus, inquiring about the extent to which general free speech principles should apply at public colleges and universities via the First Amendment and at private institutions of higher learning by the adoption of such measures as the Chicago Principles. As part of this inquiry, we will consider the history of the American university and its present-day mission.
W 4:40 PM - 7:15 PM | James Weinstein, ASU Law School  | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #95615)

CEL 394 Moral Leadership in Economics 
This course aims to better understand how we can harness the wisdom of spiritual traditions (Western and non-Western) and moral reasoning to our desire to pursue successful leadership in economic fields and provide more meaning to our work lives and those of others. An integrated life consisting of high morals and empathy joined to the worthy pursuit of careers in economic enterprises (which includes almost all professions at scale) has already been, and will be, for the foreseeable future, one of the most powerful forces for good in the world. 
TTh 3 PM - 5:45 PM | James Hackett  | Tempe Campus (Session B: Class #95613)

Required Core Courses

CEL 100 Great Ideas Politics & EthicsExplore the roots of political order, from ancient Greece to modern India | satisfies Humanities requirement
Professor(s): 
MWF 10:10 AM - 11 AM | Trevor Shelley | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #83085)
MW 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Luke Perez | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #94095)
MW 9 AM - 10:15 AM | Adam Seagrave | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93840)
MWF 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM | Jordan Dorney | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93250)
TTh 12 PM - 1:15 PM | Karen Taliaferro | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #94138)
MWF 9:05 AM - 9:55 AM | Kent Wright | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #85255)
TTh 3 PM - 4:15 PM | John Doody | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #85901)
TTh 9 AM - 10:15 AM | Emily Rap | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #87668)

Available as an iCourse
Jordan Dorney | iCourse (Session A: Class #87021)

CEL 200 Great Debates in American PoliticsStudy the debates over fundamental American principles — such as liberty, equality, constitutionalism and democracy — that have defined American history and continue to shape public discourse today. | satisfies Humanities requirement
Professor(s): 
TTh 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | Duncan Monech | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93264)
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Aaron Kushner | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93261)
TTh 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Duncan Monech | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93263)
TTh 3 PM - 4:15 PM | Zachary German | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #87029)

Available as an iCourse
Aaron Kushner | iCourse (Session B: Class #89485)

CEL 300 Capitalism & Great Economic Debates | Explore the relationship, positive or negative, between markets and morality in a capitalist system.
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Peter McNamara | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #83083

CEL 475 Statesmanship and American Strategy | Examine the intellectual origins, development and implementation of American strategic thought from its roots in the ancient Greeks through the Cold War and beyond. | satisfies Humanities requirement
TTh 9 AM - 10:15 AM | Karen Taliaferro | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #94136)

Moral and Political Thought

CEL 494 Political Thought: Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism | This course compares selected texts in political thought, across civilizations or traditions, that address the ultimate foundation(s) for basic political principles such as justice and order. 
TTh 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Paul Carrese | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #82057)

American Political Thought

CEL 394 Arizona Politics & Constitutionalism | Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students. | satisfies Historical General Studies designation
W 4:50 PM - 7:35 PM | Sean Beienburg | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93828)

CEL 394 Democracy in America | Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.   
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Zachary German | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #87218

CEL 494 American Constitution 1Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students. | satisfies Historical General Studies designation
MW 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Sean Beienburg | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93285)

Economic Thought and Political Economy

CEL 394 Philosophy, Politics & Economics | TTh 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Ross Emmett | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #84187)

Leadership and Statesmanship for the 21st Century

CEL 394 Left & Right Around the World | This course will examine the philosophical origins of most major political ideologies and provide a comparative international perspective to American political culture. 
MW 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | Duncan Moench | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #82044)

CEL 494 Greco-Roman Mythology and the Western Tradition | Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students. 
W 4:50 PM - 7:35 PM | Kent Wright | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #94144)

CEL 494 Literary Leaders | Students will read a selection of texts that have contributed substantially to the ideas and ethos of Western civilization. 
T 4:50 PM - 7:35 PM | Colleen Sheehan| Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #94142)

CEL 494 Just War | Can war ever be morally justified, or is it always a tragic byproduct of human societies which violates the moral - and international - law?
MW 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Luke Perez | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #84188)

CEL 494 Globalism, Nationalism and Citizenship | Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students. 
MW 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | Trevor Shelley | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #93287)

"SCETL is kind of a mix of a few things. You get economics, you get history, you get philosophy all blended into one, which is a really cool and unique experience to be able to hear from all of these different schools of thought and you get to challenge yourself." - Justin H. 

Course Spotlights

Explore the roots of political order, from ancient Greece to modern India or study the debates over fundamental American principles! Hear directly from our students and faculty on what civic and economic thought and leadership courses are all about.