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POLS205 The Good Society and the Market

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Options for giving political expression to the good and satisfying demands through the market. How humane ideals, political prudence and economics are necessary to create a just world.

This paper examines thinkers from Plato, Marx and Mill to the present to trace the transition from giving political expression to the good life toward satisfying demands. The developments it analyses are the degeneration of moral philosophy and the rise of the market economy. We single out Tawney 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 The Good Society and the Market
Paper code POLS205
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 100-level POLS paper or PHIl103 or 72 points
POLS 305
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with POLS233 passed in 2010-2017.
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff

TBA when offered next

Paper Structure
Two thirds of the assessment will be based on the final exam; one third will be based on a research essay.


Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of what humane ideals imply about perfecting society
  • A basic grasp of the market economics needed to evaluate how the economy must be "regulated" to humanise it
  • Specialist knowledge about certain great thinkers and the challenges of the present - for example, climate change

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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