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Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PHL204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description A narrow disciplinary focus on complex problems such as climate change, overpopulation or global poverty cannot deliver the best solutions - solutions that are sustainable, feasible, ethical, and fair. This unit critically examines the philosophical foundations of political and economic theories with a view to teaching students how to work in a problem-focused rather than a narrow disciplinary way. Topics include fair trade, justification of private property, tragedies of the commons, ethical dimensions of cost-benefit analysis and value theory.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Articulate, present and defend a reasoned position in moral, social and political philosophy in oral and written forms
2. Read and understand philosophical texts
3. Write and present succinct and precise summaries of the main issues at stake in a position
4. Research and develop a sustained written analysis of the philosophical aspects of real-world problems in economics and politics
5. Work effectively in group discussions and navigate situations with a diversity of viewpoints
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines timetabled learning through lectures and tutorials with a strong self-study component. Students are expected to read the core readings for each session and prepare answers to study questions on a weekly basis (internal and external). There is an emphasis on active class participation and group discussion. Students should be prepared to discuss the core readings in tutorials (internal) or use the online discussion space (external).
Assessment The assessment tasks are designed so as to improve students' reading comprehension, increase their ability to deliver an extended philosophical argument and foster self-study skills. Internal students will also practice presentation skills. Assignment one: Three Multiple Choice Tests, 30% of the final mark (internal and external students). Assignment two: Philosophical essay, 40% (internal and external students). Assignment three for external students: 2hr exam, 30% Assignment three for internal students: Tutorial participation 15%; Tutorial presentation 15%.
Prerequisites nil
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Ethics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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