Lecturers: Jeroen Merk en Steven Poelhekke
After completing the course, students will have gained an understanding of:
• Key problems and arguments surrounding issues of global governance
• The way interdisciplinary approaches can help solve these problems
• The working relationship between academic theorists and practical policy makers
The skills to:
• Identify an argument’s structure, and to criticize and strengthen its weak points
• Present their original research in verbal and written forms
• Use peer input to modify and improve their arguments
The third PPE in Practice course is a problems-based course that encourages students to draw interdisciplinary connections between the individual PPE disciplines. PiP III will address emerging 21st century problems related to the relationship between citizens, state leaders, and the rest of the world. The course will be coordinated by VU faculty who will work together with guest practitioners and guest academics to consider issues surrounding global aid:
• Does aid work? When, why, and how? How do we measure its impact?
• What are our moral and political obligations surrounding aid? Is there a real difference between humanitarian and development aid?
• What economic incentives does aid create? What political considerations underpin its provison?
Similar to the other PiP courses, PiP III will combine lectures and seminars over a period of three weeks. The lectures will provide students with a strong background in the moral, political and economic theories necessary to identify and understand the key issues pertinent to each question. Because PiP III is a problem-based course, seminars are structured around small group discussions. Lecturers will provide question prompts for the seminars and students will be encourage to bring their own questions and solution proposals to the seminars. The emphasis of the problem-based seminars is on argument formation. Students will learn to produce strong arguments for policy positions, and to identify flaws in weak arguments. The seminars are also intended to give students an environment in which they can develop ideas for the course essay.
Lectures and seminars (active learning groups)
Type of Assessment
The final grade for the course will be based on the marks for 3 projects. There are two short papers (500 words) due at the end of the first and second weeks, and one final policy brief (2000 words) due in final form at the end of the fourth week. Each short paper will be worth 20% of the final grade and the final policy brief will be worth 60% of the final grade.