Property Rights in Transition OpenCourseWare: MIT's Graduate Level Free Online Course on the Study of Property Rights

Published Jan 10, 2009

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MIT offers 'Property Rights in Transition' for free as part of the university's online OpenCourseWare initiative. Aimed at graduate-level students pursuing master's degrees in Urban Studies and Planning, Architecture and other disciplines, this course explores different ideas about who can own property, the freedoms that property rights allow and how to ensure that property rights are enforced. Students will also examine the public policy impact on property rights in different economic, political and social systems.

Property Rights in Transition: Course Specifics

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Property Rights in Transition: Course Description

This graduate seminar provides students an opportunity to explore how property-rights policies can affect the distribution of wealth and power in a society. Professor Annette M. Kim of MIT asks students to consider and discuss a number of questions raised throughout the seminar by the readings and lectures including how societies determine what can be owned, who is allowed to own property and what rights owners possess. Students also examine case studies with examples of how property rights are applied in the United States and other countries. In a changing and evolving global economy, this course provides much needed insight into how the world views property ownership and its associated rights and responsibilities.

The online OpenCourseWare version of this seminar includes discussion questions, sample student research papers and a thorough list of readings that includes links to online excerpts from the writings of economic thinkers, including Karl Marx, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. To get more information about this free online class, visit the property rights in transition course page.

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