Frenk van Harreveld
Fresh ideas are born from a multi-disciplinary perspective
Frenk van Harreveld teaches two core courses within the Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics programme: Decision Making I and II.
In the Western world, freedom is an important value and we tend to see choice as a type of freedom. Yet, choice can make life very complicated for us...
Decision-making is important in all of the Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics domains, but these different disciplines also have different views of how decisions are made. A judge decides a case in a specifically legal manner, quite different from how lawmakers, consumers or businessmen make their choices. The psychological perspective has more eye for the role of emotions. For example, psychological research has shown that angry judges hand out more severe punishments than sad judges. Decision-making theory is therefore an interesting arena for these different disciplines' views.
It's exciting to see what results from the confrontation of these different views. Fresh ideas are born from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This new Bachelor's programme isn't just a mixture of economics, psychology, politics and law: the confrontation between these disciplines creates a broader view of reality.
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