Many important questions are best addressed from the multi and interdisciplinary perspective that a PPE programme provides. Examples include questions about the relation between globalization and social justice, the economic and political feasibility of implementing environmental policies, the causes of economic downturns, and the responsibilities of professionals. Such questions are simultaneously global and local in scope, they concern policies that while internationally important also impact local communities. In a PPE programme three disciplines are combined to address such questions (which are put central in our integrative courses):
Courses in Philosophy help students identify the historical background of societal issues, provide an ethical education that lets them think carefully about the kinds of solutions that would be desirable, and give a training in epistemology, logic and decision theory, which allows learners to consider the epistemic and logical presuppositions of different approaches to societal issues.
Economics courses give students an understanding of the relationship between societal phenomena and economic processes and of the driving forces behind these relationships. They provide a fundamental element of realism by outlining how various solutions must take into account scarcity constraints. While the ethical education trains students to consider what solutions are desirable, an education in economics focuses their attention on which solutions are feasible.
Tomorrow’s professionals must also possess an awareness of the competing claims and interests of global and local stakeholders. Political Science offers essential knowledge of the institutional structures that order society and, given those structures, of the nature and content of political decision making. Courses in this domain provide students with an in-depth understanding of concepts such as power, policy, democracy, conflict and cooperation.
The numbers below give you a quick impression of our particular PPE programme.