Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Course description

Intended Learning Outcomes

The overall purpose of the course is to enable students to better understand the fundamental questions of value, institutions and ideologies that have come to shape our modern societies.

After having gone through the course students should be able:

Knowledge and understanding

1. To define and account for fundamental theories offered in the course (form lectures, seminars, in the literature and from the course material more broadly) by virtue of being able to recognize, describe, compare, explain and illustrate by examples and analogies the theories and related concepts in coherent, analytic, academic texts and/or other forms of expressing such content in English.

Skill and ability

2. To use theories and conduct analytic work individually as well as in group by way of being able to analyse and estimate different outcomes under consideration of relevant theoretical and practical questions, and additionally in written form evaluate and formulate the academic quality of submissions from other students in the course.

3. To write formal texts in english based on the interpretation of data and information from various sources.

Evaluation and critical understanding of various approaches and perspectives

4. Evaluate theories and real as well as imagined situations in relation to one another to distinguish  possible weaknesses and possibilities, and create coherent and theoretically underpinned solutions.

Course Content

Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a course that explores great works of economic, social, political and philosophical thought and it does so with the conviction that these fields are not just extensively interconnected but also fruitfully and perhaps more fully understood through shifting and interlocking these fields and the various vantage points they bring against one another. Philosophical ideas have been key to foreground political legitimacy as much as to provide a more fundamental rationale for economic growth, at the same time we see how political and economic processes in turn are used to justify philosophical convictions. It is in this borderland between philosophy, politics and economics that ideologies and institutions are being formed which in turn underpin most of our assumptions around what is to be taken as rationality, equality, fairness, justice or what we take to be of value.

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Course title:
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Semester: Autumn term 2019
Study period: 4
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Undergraduate level (first cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English

Course code: FE3238



Course coordinator:
Christina Gabrielsson
Head of course:
Rickard Grassman
Rickard Grassman
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