A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Non-PC Development Studies

From time-to-time on a Monday, I will suggest non-PC examination questions for dubious academic subject areas, like 'Development Studies' and 'Environmental Studies'. Here is the first:-

"'Fair trade' promotes dependence and relies on illogical economics and subjective notions of 'fairness' and 'equality' - such schemes are doomed to fail and they always do." (Adapted from: Stephen Hodgson, 'Fair Trade is Unfair', Unpersons Weblog, October 6). Discuss, with reference to at least THREE examples.

Firsts all round, I'm sure!

Chief Examiner Philip.

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