Voting is often taken to be the cornerstone of a democratic society. We will look at a variety of voting systems and consider various philosophical questions about these systems and their proper role in democratic governance. We will consider famous theoretical results such as Arrow's Theorem and the Condorcet Jury Theorem and investigate whether these results have any implications for the scope and limits of democratic governance. We will also look at recent work on alternative approaches to democratic decision making.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
2x1250wd essays (50%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), tutorial particiaption (10%)
12 junior credit points in PHIL