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Undergraduate Course: Economy, Ethics and Theology (THET10041)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the moral and theological critique of capitalism, engaging critically with classic political economy, with key moral and theological critiques of political economy, and with alternative approaches to economic and political organisation.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to investigate the ethical and theological critique of capitalism, engaging critically with classic political economy, with key moral and theological critiques of political economy, and with alternative approaches to economic and political organisation The course is based on reading of classic and contemporary texts in political economy and theological and philosophical ethics on the subjects of debt, money, wealth, justice, virtue, human flourishing, and ecological sustainability. The context for the course is the growing interaction between the humanities and economics since the global financial crisis, and the growing moral and religious critique of the current trajectories of global capitalism towards increased private debt, inequality and social exclusion combined with excessive wealth accumulation by large private corporations and wealthy individuals.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course is organised around key themes, both historical and conceptual, in the interdisciplinary study of economy, ethics and theology including the gift and archaic exchange, the origins of the market economy, the philosophy of economic liberalism, the Marxist and romantic critiques of modern political economy, ethical and theological accounts of the nature of persons, and theological and practical alternatives to mainstream capitalism including distributism, ecological economics and fair trade. Texts to be studied in the course are by key shapers and critics of modern political economy including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Ruskin, Karl Polanyi, Hilaire Belloc, R. H. Tawney, Herman Daly and John Milbank.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course is taught through the following: private study of set extracts of primary texts; on line blogging on weekly set texts at the course web site on Learn; weekly one hour tutorial group discussion of set texts; weekly one hour lectures on set texts; essay writing on set texts and themes arising from them. Students will write a mid-semester essay and a longer final paper due towards the end of the exam period. For the purposes of blog discussion of texts, and face to face discussion of texts, the class will be divided into groups of around 12. Students wanting to be challenged and stimulated by a fascinating interdisciplinary course that some past students have described as ┐the best course I took at Edinburgh University┐ are warmly invited to take this course. But in turn the course manager expects students to devote one third (11 hours) of their available degree study hours (35) per week to this course. Reading and writing tasks for this course will require commitment and hard work but the rewards in new understanding and learning will be commensurately high.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  46
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% - weekly blog on set readings ;
25% - short essay of 1500 words;
10% - final essay outline and annotated bibliography;
40% - final essay of 2500 words.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical conceptual understanding of the roots of the separation of political economy from moral theology.
  2. Articulate and critically compare different theological critiques of political economy.
  3. Describe and evaluate alternative approaches to human economic exchange than those of the dominant model of political economy.
  4. Identify and explain key terms and their meanings in political economy and theological and ethical approaches to it.
  5. Exercise good judgement on the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/divinity/current-students-staff
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEconETheol
Contacts
Course organiserProf Michael Northcott
Tel: (0131 6)50 8947
Email: M.Northcott@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryDr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
Email: Jessica.Wilkinson@ed.ac.uk
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