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Politics, Philosophy and Economics

The PPE major combines three of the most prominent approaches to understanding the social and political world, the way it shapes individuals, and the way individuals shape it.The knowledge and skills it inculcates in students are relevant for a whole range of careers, including but not restricted to politics, journalism, the media, social activism, the NGO sector, business, law, academia.Students will emerge with honed debating skills and with a level of sophistication to their thinking about society’s ills and the best way to address them.The Politics and Economics components enable students to develop an understanding of the many social forces at work around them, and the Philosophy component enables them to reason about these forces with rigour.

Major Requirement

For each of the three subject areas in PPE, students will choose a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 courses, with a combined total of 16. So the following distributions are all possible:

8- 4- 4

6- 6- 4

5- 5- 6

7- 5- 4

Those who do 8 courses in one subject (X) will graduate in ‘PPE, with specialization in X’.  This will be stated on their transcripts.

 

Philosophy:

PPE major must take at least four philosophy courses.  Those taking four must take the two Required courses, and two courses in different categories among categories 2, 3, and 4.  Those taking five must take one elective in addition.  The requirements for those taking six or more are the same as those for the philosophy minor.  Note that a student cannot both major in PPE and minor in philosophy.  A student may, however, major in PPE with a specialization in philosophy by taking eight philosophy courses.  See the PPE page for more details about the major.

 

Economics:

The PPE major combines three of the most prominent approaches to understanding the social and political world, the way it shapes individuals, and the way individuals shape it. Mathematics in 11th and 12th is compulsory for this major.

The course requirements in Economics for those studying PPE with a specialization in Economics (i.e. taking 8 Economics courses) are the same as for those doing the Interdisciplinary Major in Economics and History. The course requirements in Economics for those doing the PPE with 6 or 7 courses in Economics are the same as those doing a Minor in Economics. All other students studying the PPE must do Maths for Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics.

 

Please note that some of the courses have pre-requisites. Students have to consult the Faculty coordinator in Economics about what course they should choose in Economics.

Faculty
Politics, Philosophy and Economics Programme

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