Learning Outcomes

Students following a lecture

The aim of the John Stuart Mill College is that PPE graduates acquire knowledge and skills as described below.

A – Knowledge and understanding

PPE graduates will have basic knowledge and understanding of

  • Key concepts, theories, and methods of each PPE discipline.
  • Methods and approaches combining the PPE disciplines.

PPE graduates who complete the Philosophy track specialization will possess

  • Knowledge of central concepts, theories, and methods within Philosophy, in particular in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of science.
  • An understanding of the history of ideas, and the relation of these ideas to contemporary issues.

PPE graduates who complete the Political Science track specialization will possess

  • Knowledge and understanding of central concepts, approaches, and methods (especially comparative ones) in Political Science.
  • Knowledge of the interaction between political institutions and public policy at both national and international levels.

PPE graduates who complete the Economics track specialization will possess

  • Knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and methodological principles of economics as well as of contemporary theories and developments in micro- and macro-economics.
  • The knowledge and understanding of tools and methods needed in the economic modelling of theoretical and empirical issues (both at a micro- and macro-level).

B – Applying knowledge and understanding

PPE graduates will have the ability to

  • Apply established (disciplinary and interdisciplinary) approaches within Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics to the analysis of complex societal questions and to make a contribution to their possible solution.
  • Develop and apply different ways of integrating theories and/or methods within PPE.
  • Apply formal tools and methods of logic, statistics, and decision theory (including game theory and social choice).

PPE graduates who complete the Philosophy track specialization will possess

  • The ability to determine and assess the epistemological and normative presuppositions of theories and approaches in Political Science and Economics.

PPE graduates who complete the Political Science track specialization will possess

  • The ability to apply theories and approaches from political science to the analysis of important societal questions.

PPE graduates who complete the Economics track specialization will possess

  • The ability to apply economic theories and approaches to the analysis of important societal questions and to make both qualitative and quantitative judgements.

C – Making judgements

PPE graduates will have the ability to

  • Gather relevant data and organize and present them systematically, with an awareness of the methodological and ethical issues that are involved.
  • Assess which theory, method, or combination thereof is most suitable for the analysis of a particular issue.
  • Provide policy recommendations encompassing economic, political and moral considerations.
  • Reflect upon the professional responsibility of researchers and practitioners, and incorporate these reflections into the analysis of societal questions.

D – Communication

PPE graduates will have the ability to

  • Systematically and coherently present their work in verbal, written, and graphical forms to an expert and non-expert public.
  • Communicate with researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds.

E – Learning skills

PPE graduates will have developed the 21st century skills that enable them to

  • Think analytically and critically.
  • Be flexible, take initiative and function as a team player.