- Class Number 5492
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr William Bosworth
- Dr William Bosworth
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
- Edmund Handby
Each week the students will be set an issue that is a problem or problem in politics, philosophy or economics. The precise topics will vary from year to year; and many topics will be split into component parts and split over several weeks.
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:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas in the study of PPE
- Think about and discuss puzzles in the social sciences.
- Apply the skills learned on the course to new areas.
- Prepare materials on a topic relevant to PPE and present them in a focused manner to the group
- Think, write and argue about issues demonstrating a full understanding of the issue.
All resources will be provided on Wattle.
Gerald Gaus's (2008) On Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Wadsworth)
Andrew Hindmoor and Brad Taylor (2015) Rational Choice (Macmillan)
Dennis Mueller (2003) Public Choice III (Cambridge University Press)
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Normative Criteria: Efficiency|
|3||Normative Criteria: Freedom and rights|
|4||Normative Criteria: Justice|
|5||Collective Action I|
|6||Collective Action II|
|7||Social Choice I: Arrow's Theorem||Essay Due (September 26th)|
|8||Social Choice II: Electoral Systems|
|9||Public Choice I: Majoritarian Vote in 1 Dimension|
|10||Public Choice II: Majoritarian Vote in n-Dimensions|
|11||Public Choice III: Political Coalitions|
|12||Public Choice IV: Rent-Seeking and Log-Rolling|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage .
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Participation||10 %||*||1,2,4|
|Final Exam||50 %||*||1,2,3,4,5|
* 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:
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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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.
Students are expected to attend the weekly tutorials (either in-person or online) unless they solicit an exemption based on timezone differences or other reasonable grounds.
All examinations will be conducted online.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
This grade will be based on weekly posts to a tutorial discussion forum (e.g. “Collective Action Problems I forum” for the tutorials taking place in Week 3, “Normative Criteria: Efficiency” for the tutorials taking place in Week 6) AS WELL AS your participation in tutorials. You will not receive participation for a week if you do not attend the tutorial OR do not post on the tutorial discussion forum.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
This 3000-word essay will ask you to critically engage with some of the puzzles and readings discussed in Weeks 1 through 7. A list of questions from which you can choose an essay topic will be posted to Wattle along with a rubric. You will need to answer one of these questions with reference to decision theory (broadly construed). The essay will be submitted through Turnitin.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The three-hour will cover material from all weeks. The exam will be on-campus and closed book, providing Covid guidelines permit.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Political science, analytic philosophy, history of political thought
Dr William Bosworth
Dr William Bosworth