Politics, Philosophy and Economics - PHIL6530

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Simon Kirchin checkmark-circle


This module will introduce students to classical as well as contemporary discussions in the intersection between politics, philosophy, and economics. Topics to be covered will vary from year to year, in light of the expertise of the person convening it and student feedback from previous years. Topics that may be covered include Authoritarianism, Behavioural economics, Rational Choice Theory, Game Theory, Libertarianism and Paternalism, Markets and Trade, Private Property and the Legitimacy of Organ Sale.
Through these and related topics, students will gain a good understanding of the complementary and in some cases conflicting perspectives and methodologies contained in politics, philosophy, and economics, and enable them to evaluate contemporary issues in a manner that's informed by a comprehensive set of relevant traditions.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300


Also available at Level 5 (PL652)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Mid-term Essay (1,400 words) – 40%
Final Essay (1,700 words) – 50%
Seminar Participation – 10%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages: https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:
1 Understand in detail the major positions and arguments in this area;
2 Engage critically with some of the central issues in this field, and ultimately support a solution to a particular issue, through their study of the relevant arguments;
3 Demonstrate their understanding of the various theories in this area and a recognition of the implications of these theories for problems within associated areas, all through their study of these arguments;
4 Demonstrate the ability to engage in a close critical reading of some of major texts in the field, and refer to major texts to support their own position.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate their skills in analysis and articulating a coherent position;
2 Engage in arguments and use such arguments to support a coherent position;
3 Demonstrate their skills in critical analysis, argument, and supporting a particular position through their engagement with major texts;
4 Work well alone and to take responsibility for their own learning;
5 Demonstrate their ability to clarify complex ideas and arguments, to develop their own ideas and arguments, and to express them in a variety of formats.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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