- Class Number 5520
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Brian Hedden
- Dr Brian Hedden
- 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
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), inequality, dealing with risk and uncertainty, and commodification 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.
Upon successful completion, 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 and public policy;
- apply the skills learned on the course to new areas; and
- think, write, and argue about social issues demonstrating a well-rounded understanding of the issue.
This course is informed by contemporary research at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics undertaken by scholars at ANU and internationally.
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
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.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The Darwin Economy|
|2||Does Inequality Matter? (And if so, what kind?)|
|5||Obligations to Future Generations|
|7||The Ethics of Cap and Trade|
|10||Aggregating Harms of Different Magnitudes|
|11||Incommensurability of Values|
|12||Epistocracy vs. Democracy|
Registration required. 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 https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date|
|Final take-home exam (2 x 1250- word essay responses)||60 %||10/11/2022|
|Tutorial assignments (4 x 500-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:
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.
Assessment Task 1
Final take-home exam (2 x 1250- word essay responses)
Exam questions will be released on 27 Oct, 2022, and responses are due 10 Nov, 2022. Detailed instructions to be discussed in lecture and posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Tutorial assignments (4 x 500-word summaries of readings for tutorials)
Students will write four 500-word responses to readings. Students must write one response for each of Weeks 1-3 (due end of Week 3), Weeks 4-5 (due end of Week 5), Weeks 6-8 (due end of Week 8), and Weeks 9-11 (due end of Week 11). The four 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
Students are assessed on attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment is ongoing throughout semester.
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.
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.
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. 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
rational choice, epistemology, philosophy of economics, ethics, political philosophy
Dr Brian Hedden