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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a course that explores great works of economic, social, political and philosophical thought with the conviction that these fields are not just extensively interconnected but also fruitfully and perhaps more fully understood through shifting and interlocking these fields and the various points they bring to each other.

Philosophical ideas have been key to foreground political legitimacy as much as to provide a more fundamental rationale for economic growth, at the same time we see how political and economic processes in turn are used to justify philosophical convictions. It is in this borderland between philosophy, politics and economics that ideologies and institutions are being formed which in turn underpin most of our assumptions around what is to be taken as rationality, equality, fairness, justice and sustainability or what we take to be of value.

To understand these basic assumptions the course will accentuate some of the most influential historical ideas through the prism of contemporary society.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS.

    The language of instruction is English.


    The examination (assessment) will take place continuously through the various learning activities. Eachexamination component is weighted in relation to its requirements as well as in regard of its significance for the overall examination of the course. Students results from the various components of examination will be proportionally weighted and translated into an overall course quote that will constitute the final grade.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:
    Head of course: Rickard Grassman