M.A. - Social and Political Theory;M.A. - Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Public Choice
This course examines the main theoretical assumptions of liberal democracy. Specialist units focus on issues such as the role of rights, the nature of social justice, models of democracy, and utopianism. The course appeals to students wishing to do doctoral research in this area and to those interested, practically, in politics and policy. The course is recognised by the ESRC (UK and EU students are eligible) and has research training weighting. What values and assumptions underpin public policy? How do societies organise their economic and political activities, and how can the different ways of doing so be evaluated? Can economic and political behaviour be understood through theories of rational action? To what extent can economic and political institutions be said to be good, efficient or just? Such questions are the focus of this MA course. This degree appeals to students who wish to do research in public choice, and to public policy professionals. The course has ESRC research training status and has two ESRC quota awards.