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PHPE201 Political Economy I: Method, Philosophy, Applications

Core ideas of political economy from the early modern period to present day with applications to policy problems.

This paper is an intellectually intense, team-taught, participatory course of study in which we will encounter the classics of political economy as well as recent and contemporary work. The focus will be on methodological issues and their practical applications. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and to enhance their critical skills both via their written work and through symposia and in-class discussions. The paper aims not only to deepen the students' understanding of political economy, but also to give them as much practice as possible in constructing and defending arguments both on paper and in person. The various sections of the paper refer to each other, taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of political economy.

Paper title Political Economy I: Method, Philosophy, Applications
Paper code PHPE201
Subject Philosophy, Politics and Economics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
(BSNS 104 or BSNS 113), ECON 112, one 100-level POLS paper, and one 100-level PHIL paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce
Notes
Students who do not meet all the prerequisites but have passed 72 points may be admitted with approval from the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme Co-ordinator.
Eligibility
Compulsory paper for second-year PHPE majors; open to non-majors with permission of the Co-ordinator
Contact
chris.rudd@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convener and Lecturer: Chris Rudd
Paper Structure
The paper consists of one 2-hour lecture each week. Each class will consist of staff and student presentations and class discussion. Students will be expected to write two (2) research essays of 3,000-3500 words each for 50% of final grade.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is interdisciplinary, team-taught and participatory. In addition to the Course Co-ordinator, at least three other lecturers (representing Economics, Philosophy and Politics) will offer brief lectures and lead discussions of the readings.
Textbooks
Readings will be distributed on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • Understanding of the social context of economic ideas
  • Critical awareness of the philosophical foundations of capitalism
  • The ability for constructive engagement with the main criticisms of market rationality
  • The ability to think critically about political and economic principles
  • Awareness of methodological issues in the social sciences, particularly politics and economics

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22

Core ideas of political economy from the early modern period to present day with applications to policy problems.

This paper is an intellectually intense, team-taught, participatory course of study in which we will encounter the classics of political economy as well as recent and contemporary work. The focus will be on methodological issues and their practical applications. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and to enhance their critical skills both via their written work and through symposia and in-class discussions. The paper aims not only to deepen the students' understanding of political economy, but also to give them as much practice as possible in constructing and defending arguments both on paper and in person. The various sections of the paper refer to each other, taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of political economy.

Paper title Political Economy I: Method, Philosophy, Applications
Paper code PHPE201
Subject Philosophy, Politics and Economics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
(BSNS 104 or BSNS 113), ECON 112, one 100-level POLS paper, and one 100-level PHIL paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce
Notes
Students who do not meet all the prerequisites but have passed 72 points may be admitted with approval from the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme Co-ordinator.
Eligibility
Compulsory paper for second-year PHPE majors; open to non-majors with permission of the Co-ordinator
Contact
lisa.ellis@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convener and Lecturer: Lisa Ellis
Paper Structure
Each class will consist of staff and student presentations and class discussion based partly on written student contributions.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is interdisciplinary, team-taught and participatory. In addition to the Course Co-ordinator, at least three other lecturers (representing Economics, Philosophy and Politics) will offer brief lectures and lead discussions of the readings.
Textbooks
Readings will be distributed on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • Understanding of the social context of economic ideas
  • Critical awareness of the philosophical foundations of capitalism
  • The ability for constructive engagement with the main criticisms of market rationality
  • The ability to think critically about political and economic principles
  • Awareness of methodological issues in the social sciences, particularly politics and economics

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 17:00-18:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22