Politics, Philosophy and Economics
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Identify key concepts and theories in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and demonstrate a command of the relevant literature.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnections and differences between the study of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
- Use PPE perspectives to analyse how public policy might respond to particular problems (for example, inequality, environmental degradation, educational opportunity, and discrimination).
- • How three different disciplines approach their study: economics, political philosophy, and political studies.
- • Trade: free markets, justice, and political institutions.
- • Income inequality: marginal productivity, unfairness, and neoliberal politics.
- • Sustainability: negative externalities and emissions trading schemes, ecological justice, and big coal.
- • Education: human capital, educational egalitarianism, and political interest groups.
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This subject introduces you to the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE). Learn how influential theories and concepts from each discipline can illuminate different aspects of a particular problem. You will use PPE perspectives to analyse markets, inequality, environmental degradation, educational opportunity, and discrimination. This is a core subject for students in La Trobe's Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), but it is also open and accessible to any student seeking an introduction to these three disciplines (politics, philosophy, and economics) and their intersecting application to real-world challenges. Students from all campuses can take this subject online, with the option of a face-to-face tutorial at the Bundoora campus. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of PPE or Law/PPE should choose the face-to-face tutorial.
- Short Paper (1050 words equivalent) A short paper articulating an argument on one of the subject's modules. (30%)
- Essay (1500 words) An argumentative research essay on one of the subject's modules (a module different to the one on which the short paper focused). (40%)
- Two pieces of reflective writing (1200 words or 600 words each). (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.