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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP50142: Morals, markets and politics

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: EX 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take SP50123
Click here for further information Description: Aims:

* To examine critically the role of moral considerations, values and notions of fairness in the politics and morality of commercial market relations.
* To contrast prevailing orthodoxies about the separation of politics, moral and economic institutions and practices with theories and evidence of their interaction.
* To illustrate and compare theories of ethical business with accounts of contemporary evidence.

Learning Outcomes:
Providing students with the theories and empirical evidence that will have:
* developed an awareness of the moral and political complexities of market behaviour and relations;
* deepened understanding of key aspects of the interaction of ethical, economic and political practices;
* developed intellectual capacity for critical analysis of business, economic and socio-political orthodoxies,

This course should further develop the following skills and capabilities:
* adaptation of ideas across disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundaries;
* questioning of received and conventional opinions;
* synthesis of ideas and evidence between subjects, theories and empirical cases;
* reflection on the complexities of moral reasoning and action in professional and commercial practice.

Will include varying degrees of emphasis within the following topics: profit, loss, fairness and expectations; moral and political bases of market relations, corporate responsibility, ethical investing, consumer boycotts and shareholder action; charitable giving and public expediture; self-interest and social welfare; role of citizenship in economic affairs.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP50142 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
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