• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Political Sciences, Economics
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Simon Cotton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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. 

Learning Outcomes

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.
  3. Apply the skills learned on the course to new areas.
  4. Prepare materials on a topic relevant to PPE and present them in a focused manner to the group
  5. Think, write and argue about issues demonstrating a full understanding of the issue.

Indicative Assessment

Formative assessment will be conducted by giving the students some of the problems we have studied and they will be asked to describe them and potential solutions midway through the course, plus a 2000 word essay set after 4 sessions

Marked presentation (10%) (LO 1-2, 4)  For group presentations those involved in the presentation will mark each others contribution and individual marks will be assigned by the course convener taking those marks into consideration as appropriate. 

Assessed essay 40% (LO1-3, 5).  Examination 50% (LO 1-3, 5) The examination is sit down.

 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of seminars; and,
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Prescribed Texts

Brams, Steven J. and Taylor. Aland D. 1996. Fair Division: From Cake-Cutting to Dispute Resolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dowding, Keith. 2009. "What is Welfare and How Can We Measure It." Pp. 511-539 in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics, edited by H. Kincaid and D. Ross. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Grofman, Bernard, Guillermo Owen, and Scott A. Feld. 1983. "Thirteen Theorems in Search of the Truth." Theory and Decision 15:261-278.

List, Christian and Philip Pettit. 2002. "Aggregating Sets of Judgements: An Impossibility Result." Economics and Philosophy 18:89-110.

Nurmi, Hannu. 1999. Voting Paradoxes and How to Deal with Them. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Olson, Mancur. 1965/1971. The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Parfit, Derek. 1984. Reasons and Persons. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Riker, William H. and Peter C. Ordeshook. 1968. "A Theory of the Calculus of Voting." American Political Science Review 62:25-43

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8074 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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