POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY AND ECONOMICS

POL1PPE

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject introduces you to the disciplines of politics, philosophy and economics (PPE). Emphasis is placed on exploring how each discipline illuminates quite different aspects of a particular issue. You will use perspectives from politics, philosophy and economics to analyse topics like inequality, environmental degradation, educational opportunity, and discrimination. This subject is a core unit for students enrolled in La Trobe's PPE Degree, but it is also open and accessible to any student who would like an introduction to these three disciplines, as well as an opportunity to explore their interrelationships, and their application to real-world challenges. The subject also addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails a deep appreciation of how the choices we make (including the intellectual choices we make when we analyse the world) affect the sustainability of natural, economic, social, and political systems.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMiriam Bankovsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify key concepts and theories in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and demonstrate a command of the relevant literature.

Activities:
Lectures, Tutorial Discussions, Plan for Short Paper, Short Paper, Essay, Reflective Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnections and differences between the study of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

Activities:
Lectures, Tutorial Discussions, Plan for Short Paper, Short Paper, Essay, Reflective Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Use PPE perspectives to analyse how public policy might respond to particular problems (for example, inequality, environmental degradation, educational opportunity, and discrimination).

Activities:
Lectures, Tutorial Discussions, Plan for Short Paper, Short Paper, Essay, Reflective Journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMiriam Bankovsky

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Short Paper (1050 words equivalent)A short paper articulating an argument on one of the subject's modules. Includes plan (300 words equivalent) and final paper (750 words).30 01, 02, 03
Essay (1500 words)An argumentative essay on one of the subject's modules (a module different to the one on which the short paper focused).40 01, 02, 03
Reflective journal (1200 words)A journal comprised of three reflective entries, on topics that do not substantially overlap with the short paper or the argumentative essay.30 01, 02, 03