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BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Examine the relationship between political and economic debates in modern society.

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Topics in PPE

Unit code SOCS30001
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? No


The module will consist of a series of reading-led workshops.  Tutors will provide a basic structure for discussion and students will then be invited to ask questions and debate various aspects of the issues under consideration.  Topics to be discussed include: capital punishment, immigration policy, intergenerational justice, global warming, and the role of markets in health care.


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To enhance students' capacity to critically debate and evaluate competing arguments about political, philosophical and economic ideas and issues.

To develop students' ability to evaluate economic and social policies and place the study of such policies in their broader context.

To develop students' understanding of the interactions between aspects of the three disciplines that make up the PPE programme.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate critical capabilities to develop and sustain independent analysis and argument within and between the constituent subjects (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), and to apply such argument to a range of policy-relevant issues.

Teaching and learning methods

9 three-hour workshops.

Each three-hour workshop will depend upon a brief list of prescribed readings and will be led by members of staff from at least one discipline.  Workshops will vary in detailed format - with some being organised as debates, others organised around papers given by students.

Each workshop will be associated with an essay question, and students will be asked to produce three essays overall (each 2000 words long): one from the Politics section of the course, one from the Philosophy section of the course, and one from the Economics section of the course.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

The essays will be marked through Grademark and students will received feedback on each essay through Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Reading will be specific to each workshop, but an indication of the reading might be given by:

Dasgupta, P.: "Lives and wellbeing" Social Choice and Welfare, 5 (1988) 103-26.

Broome, J.: 'Discounting the Future' Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 2. (Spring, 1994) 128-156.

Carens, J.: 'Realistic and Idealistic Approaches to the Ethics of Migration', International Migration Review, 30 (1996): 156-170.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Independent study hours
Independent study 173

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Richard Child Unit coordinator
Edward Manderson Unit coordinator
John O'Neill Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Thursday 11.00-14.00

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