INTG3001 Integrating Philosophy, Politics and Economics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This capstone unit for the PPE program reinforces the core philosophical, political and economic concepts and skills and develop the capacity to synthetically integrate those three perspectives when considering economic and social policy issues. The unit content covers four themes. One, the economic approach to politics is investigated through a critical appraisal of the 'public choice' approach to collective action. Two, philosophical assessments of economics and welfare are considered. Three, John Rawls's ‘reflective equilibrium' from his Theory of Justice is presented and the economic and political implications of that approach are identified. Four, students will bring philosophical, political and economic perspectives together in their reflections on an economic/social problem in contemporary politics; and present a synthesis of those three perspective to develop a public policy that addresses that economic/social problem.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the economic approach to politics; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of philosophical criticism of economics and economic welfare; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the notion of ‘reflective equilibrium' presented Rawls's from his Theory of Justice; (4) undertake self-directed learning and reflection when analysing social issues.; and (5) develop a synthesis of philosophical, political and economic ideas to investigate issues of public policy..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) research essay; and (3) tutorial activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Michael McLure (Economics), Dr Nin Kirkham (Philosophy) and Associate Professor Jie Chen (Political Science and International Relations)
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Advisable prior study:
PHIL2001 Bioethics; ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy; POLS2211 History of Political Ideas
Contact hours
3 hours per week: 2 hours lecture; and 1 hour tutorial
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