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The program integrates the sociology of knowledge, philosophy, social and political theory, history, cultural studies, anthropology and systems theory to shed light on domains of public action. Our concept of interdisciplinary studies is founded on a recognition that our experience of phenomena--such as the public problems of poverty, violence, social justice or environmental degradation--do not come in neatly bounded, disciplinary or professional packages. The graduate courses offer opportunities to pursue concrete questions of interest across a wide range of fields, spanning the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, with special emphasis on the relation of knowledge to public action.