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PPHE2001 Integrating Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: The Philosophy of Economics and Political Science

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Philosophy major sequence
The scientific study of economics and politics raises fascinating philosophical questions. This unit examines several such questions – interrogating the foundations, theory, and practice of economics and political science. Topics may include: differing conceptions of human welfare and the possibility of interpersonal welfare comparisons, the role of values in the assessment of social institutions, the possibility and epistemology of ‘laws' of economics and political science, the nature of individual rationality and its relation to political and economic phenomena, the nature of social norms and their role in the production of economic and political phenomena, causal mechanisms in economics and political science, and the social science and morality of significant social institutions – e.g. elections, taxation, and trade.
Students are able to (1) identify the major issues in the philosophy of economics and political science; (2) explain the relationship between the foundations, theory, and practice of the economics and political science and important philosophical issues; (3) interpret complex philosophical and social-scientific texts; (4) contrast competing philosophical positions with respect to major questions in economics and political science; and (5) reason in a constructive and cooperative way about polarising economic and political issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) essay; and (3) exam. 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)
Dr Lachlan Umbers, Professor Michael McLure, Associate Professor Jie Chen
Unit rules
Any level 1 PHIL unit, or any level 1 POLS unit, or any level 1 ECON unit.
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.