Integrative courses

We are proud of our PPE programme as a whole, which is set up to help you achieve a combination of valuable learning outcomes and provide you with many opportunities after finishing PPE. Yet we would like to highlight some elements that we think are of special importance and which may be of particular interest to you, namely the PPE in Practice courses and the Policy Lab. 

Unique course format: PPE in Practice

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of our PPE programme is the series of ‘PPE in Practice’ (PiP) courses that inject a crucial interdisciplinary element. The PiP courses – five in total – combine elements of the individual PPE disciplines and consider questions that require theories, tools, and insights from more than one discipline, such as:

  • What is the best response to climate change?
  • Is a universal basic income economically feasible?
  • How does globalization affect income inequality and labor relations within different countries?

The PiP courses connect multidisciplinary theoretical insights and employ cross-disciplinary practical tools. PiP courses take roughly three weeks to complete, during which typically three topics will be addressed. The PPE teacher(s) responsible for the course will provide the primary teaching; however, external practitioners and experts will be brought in to co-teach for each topic. These blocks allow for great breadth and depth. They also facilitate non-academic ties. There are five PiP courses:

Unique Content: Policy Lab

The final PiP course is complemented by the Policy Lab, where the strong emphasis placed on policy briefs. Students must interview those who will be impacted by the proposed policies, and discuss their policy’s practicality. The briefs must be empirically informed and ethically grounded. In order to achieve these goals, students will need to interact with a wide range of practitioners in government, NGOs and other leadership positions, as well as stakeholders in the policy outcomes.
The lab provides a seminar environment that relates specially to this group project. Early sessions will be devoted to project planning. Student groups will outline a particular problem that forms the topic of their policy brief, will identify the interviews, arguments, empirical data, and related information that must be obtained, and will produce a briefing proposal, which they will present to others in their lab. Here their peers and the lecturers will provide feedback and guidance on their proposal.

  • Testimonial
    Prof. Martin van Hees, dean John Stuart Mill College

    "Throughout our PPE programme, you will work on real-life problems, integrating knowledge from the three disciplines."