Economics with Justice – Term 2
A Ten-week Course in Economics with Justice, following of from the Foundation Course in term 1.
This non-specialist stand-alone course is aimed at the interested citizen. It is not essential or necessary to have attended the Foundation course, as we will be exploring the ideas which have shaped Economics, with the first session being a revision of the foundation term 1.
Term 2 helps make sense of what is happening in the world, and explains how Economics has shaped our world.
“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.” — John Maynard Keynes.
Prosperity and happiness for all continue to evade us, despite our best endeavours. Is it our thinking that is getting in the way?
This ten-week course examines some of the key ideas that powerfully influence the way we think and the way we relate to others in the world economic community.
Through challenging presentations and lively discussion, explore the possibility of stepping free of them to appreciate a greater sense of justice for humanity.
1: What rules us? – the origins of economic science
2: What do we own? – private property by Locke and Blackstone
3: What motivates us and who benefits? – the “invisible hand” of Adam Smith
4: Is there enough for everyone? – doubts by Ricardo and Malthus
5: Can we replace the market? – utilitarian Bentham and radical Marx
6: What about social needs? – social developments, land enclosure and Henry George
7: How do we value and set a price? – neo-classical Marshall and the theory of the firm
8: What is the last resort? – 20th century catastrophe and Keynes
9: Freedom from all or freedom for all? – monetarist Friedman or natural law
10: The way forward: Consensus and Economic Justice
The cost of the course is £60 for the term. The Economics with Justice course is free if you have enrolled and paid for a Practical Philosophy class
To enrol visit https://www.schoolofphilosophynortheast.org/our-courses/
You can also enrol in person on the first evening of term, Tuesday the 7th January 2020 at 7pm, at 64 Woodland Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PD.
Please let the Registrar know in advance, or for further information, contact Ian Hogg on 07758225711: firstname.lastname@example.org