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PHPE301 Research Essay

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Supervised research on an approved topic integrating the three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.

In this paper you conduct an original, independent research project. You select, research and complete a study on a topic of your choice under the supervision of the course convener and in consultation with one or more members of staff from the three disciplines. Seminar-style discussions and research workshops will be led by the course convenor.

Paper title Research Essay
Paper code PHPE301
Subject Philosophy, Politics and Economics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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PHPE 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce
Students who do not meet the prerequisite may be admitted with the approval from the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme Co-ordinator.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Course convenor: Dr Chris Rudd
Teaching staff to be advised.

Paper Structure

The students meets collectively each week with the course convenor.


  • Essay (6,500 words) 90%
  • Oral Presentation 10%
Teaching Arrangements

The paper deepens student understanding of political economy and gives them practice in constructing and defending arguments both on paper and in person. Students will also be teaching each other and sharing complementary research expertise. The convener will lead a number of special sessions on elements of the research project, including identifying scholarly resources, writing essays and making effective presentations.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper will allow students to complete an independent research project from conception to presentation.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41