• Class Number 5578
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Brian Hedden
    • Dr Brian Hedden
    • AsPr Katie Steele
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

The approach taken in this course is at two levels. One level involves direct conceptual analysis of the differences in disciplinary approaches. The other level involves illustrating those differences by reference to specific examples in contemporary policy/institutional analysis. Topics such as global warming (and environmental issues more generally); discounting the future; dealing with risk and uncertainty; the 'global financial crisis'; public debt; and population will be used to examine and contrast what philosophers and economists have said about the issues and attempt an intellectually respectable synthesis. In each case, the role of 'political elements' will be an important part of the story—both substantively, in terms of what the expected role of political institutions might be and what political constraints may be relevant; and conceptually, in terms of the different understanding of political process that philosophers and economists tend to have.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts, and ideas in the study of PPE;
  2. think about and discuss puzzles in the social sciences and public policy;
  3. apply the skills learned on the course to new areas; and
  4. think, write, and argue about social issues demonstrating a well-rounded understanding of the issue.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is informed by contemporary research at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics undertaken by scholars at ANU and internationally. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Graded tutorial assignments with written comments
  • Written answers to tutorial exercises where applicable
  • Verbal responses to comments in tutorial discussions
  • Opportunity for further discussion in office hours

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

To ensure access to students unable to be on campus due to COVID-19 border restrictions, the course is designed to ensure online access to all learning materials. Weekly lectures will include 1 pre-recorded lecture and 1 live 'hybrid' lecture (in-person and also streamed and recorded via Zoom). Lecture recordings will be posted to Wattle. Both online (Zoom-based) and in-person tutorials will be offered. And all readings and assessments will be accessible via Wattle. Students can also schedule consultations with lecturers and tutors both in-person and online via Zoom. In sum: students unable to attend in-person events on campus will not be disadvantaged.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The Invisible Hand and the Darwin Economy
2 Inequality
3 Taxing Inheritance
4 Homo Economicus and Behavioural Economics
5 Exploitation
6 Nudge
7 The Economy of Esteem
8 Science and the Pursuit of Credit/Fame
9 Keeping Carbon in the Ground
10 The Ethics of Carbon Sequestration and Offsets
11 Private Property
12 Commodification

Tutorial Registration

Registration required

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
Final take-home exam (2 x 1250- word essay responses) 60 % 20/11/2021
Tutorial assignments (5 x 400-word summaries of readings for tutorials) 30 % *
Tutorial participation 10 % *

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 20/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 

Final take-home exam (2 x 1250- word essay responses)

Exam questions will be released on 4 Nov, 2021, and responses are due 20 Nov, 2021. Detailed instructions to be discussed in lecture and posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Tutorial assignments (5 x 400-word summaries of readings for tutorials)

Students will write five 400-word responses to readings. Students must write one response for each of (week 3 or 4), (week 5 or 6), (week 7 or 8), (week 9 or 10), and (week (11 or 12). The five responses will be weighted equally and account in total for 30% of the mark for the course. Each response will be returned within 2 weeks of being turned in. Detailed assignment instructions and a marking rubric will be posted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Tutorial participation

Students are assessed on attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment is ongoing throughout semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Marked tutorial assignments will be returned at tutorials, or via the Turnitin application.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Brian Hedden

Research Interests

rational choice, epistemology, philosophy of economics, ethics, political philosophy

Dr Brian Hedden

Wednesday By Appointment
Dr Brian Hedden

Research Interests

Dr Brian Hedden

Wednesday By Appointment
AsPr Katie Steele

Research Interests

AsPr Katie Steele

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