Politics, Philosophy and Economics - PL653

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15) MS A Couto







The present 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. That said, the relevant variations will be constrained by considerations ensuring that one cohort will not be disadvantaged compared to the next, and are likely to consistently include some sub-set of the following:

  • Authoritarianism
  • Behavioural economics
  • Collective action
  • Federal and non-federal unions
  • Game theory
  • Liberalism, illiberalism, and paternalism
  • Markets and trade
  • Money and finance
  • Philosophy of Power
  • Property
  • Public choice
  • Rational choice
  • States and corporations
  • Terrorism
  • Theocracy
  • Voting
  • Work and capital

  • 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

    This module will be taught by means of a two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar for ten weeks.


    Also available at Level 5 (PL652)

    Method of assessment

    100% Coursework

    Preliminary reading

    Indicative Reading List

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

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    On successfully completing the module Level 6 students will be able to:
    8.5 Understand in detail the major positions and arguments in this area;
    8.6 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;
    8.7 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;
    8.8 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.

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