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Philosophy of Economics - PHIL3611

Year - 2020

We will explore questions at the intersection of economics and philosophy, such as: What is it to make rational decisions, and how well do we live up to the rational ideal? Does individual selfishness promote the common good? Are there things that should be kept out of the market? What should be the goals of economic policy? Is economics a science?

1x2hr lecture/wk, 1x1hr tutorial/wk

Participation (10%), 1x2500wd Take home exercise (50%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%)


12 credit points at 2000 level in Philosophy or Economics or Economic Policy


Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Philosophy
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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