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This subject will provide a foundation in ethical, political, and economic methodologies that will be bought to bear on the analysis and evaluation of the processes and institutions that shape society. Areas of major public debate concerning justice and the distribution of resources will be examined from the perspective of philosophy, politics and economics, with experts from these fields helping to develop the skills to understand and respond to the challenges in creating a healthy, just society. In particular, we will consider the nature of justice and its relation to equality and freedom; the features and morality of a free market; how we should distribute health resources; the ethics of climate change; and what moral obligations we have to the wellbeing of those in other countries.
Intended learning outcomes
Students completing this subject should:
- appreciate how the theoretical insights and methodological tools of all three disciplines can be applied to the analysis of complex issues;
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of the links between the disciplines, as well as the way in which their perspectives can both cohere and conflict;
- understand some of the main traditional and contemporary theories within the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics;
- be able to evaluate the role of the market in modern society from an economic and philosophical standpoint;
- appreciate different principles that are relevant to thinking about social justice.
Students will develop skills in:
- critical thought, communication, research and organisation;
- the construction and evaluation of normative arguments;
- the analysis of complex issues;
- the identification and use of different theoretical frameworks as they are employed to address issues of social justice, freedom, and equality;
- the ability to analyse concepts and understand the theoretical commitments and practical consequences that follow from them.
Last updated: 1 June 2020