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PY4660   Work, Entitlement, and Welfare

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be confirmed

This module is an investigation of ethical issues raised by changes in the economic structures of industrialized countries. We will investigate moral problems arising from rising inequality, the casualization of labour, and the automation of jobs previously set aside for humans. Foundational issues to be discussed include the concept of work, the relationship between work and desert/entitlement and the relationship between work and well being. Applied issues to be discussed include various policy responses to the economic challenges: e.g., the living wage, the state as employer of last resort, and the universal basic income. The module will focus on contemporary analytic philosophy but will also have elements of the critical philosophy of gender.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1006 and pass PY1012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 hour lecture (11 weeks), 2 hour seminar (11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 272

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr B A Sachs
Module teaching staff: Dr Benjamin Sachs
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