OverviewThis 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.
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Total Contact Hours: 30
Also available at Level 5 (PL652)
Method of assessment
• Mid-term Essay (1,500 words) – 40%
• Final Essay (2,000 words) – 50%
• Seminar Participation – 10%
Indicative Reading List
Anomaly, J., Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (2015). Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology, (Oxford University Press)
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.