Politics, Philosophy and Economics - PHIL6520

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


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 which 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


Also available at Level 6 (PL653)

Method of assessment

Mid-term Essay (1,500 words) – 40%
Final Essay (2,000 words) – 50%
Seminar Participation – 10%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading list

Anomaly, J., Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (2015). Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology, (Oxford University Press)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:

Understand the major controversies in this area;
Engage critically with some of the central issues in this field, through their study of the relevant arguments;
Demonstrate their understanding of the proposed solutions to the issues in this area, through their study of these arguments;
Demonstrate the ability to engage in a close critical reading of some of major texts in the field.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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