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POLS233 Special Topic: The Good Society and the Market

Examining thinkers from Plato, Marx and Mill to the present to trace the transition from giving political expression to the good life toward satisfying demands. Developments analysed are the degeneration of moral philosophy and the rise of the market economy. Tawney is singled out as a thinker who saw the need to tame the market rather than abolish it. The moral: thinkers who cannot argue economics cannot face the greatest challenge of the modern world - namely, how to humanise market capitalism.

Paper title Special Topic: The Good Society and the Market
Paper code POLS233
Subject Politics
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
One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points or PHIL 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Jim Flynn
Paper Structure
Two thirds of the assessment will be based on the final exam; one third will be based on a 3,000-word (maximum) research essay.
Textbooks
All assigned readings are available either online or on reserve through the library. No particular priority - so read the books and buy those that interest you most.
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
The aim of the paper is to examine thinkers who show the transition from how to give political expression to the good life toward how to satisfy demands though the market economy. The underlying theme is that the quality of political thought has been diluted by:
  • The degeneration of moral philosophy - thanks to the lust for objectivity
  • The fact that political thought and economics have become distinct specialties - thanks to the rise of the market economy

  • Or to put it bluntly: political philosophers learn neither the ethics nor the economics they need to be relevant.

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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 Monday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22
Paper title Special Topic:
Paper code POLS233
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points or PHIL 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

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