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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Major specialisation: Philosphy, Politics and Economics
Major specialisation: Philosphy, Politics and Economics

This specialisation studies the structure, and the philosophical and economic principles of today’s (global) society. The study addresses various societal problems such as the polarisation of society, sustainable economic development, democracy and immigration. These problems have important economic dimensions, and present ethical dilemmas. They also require effective political solutions. The specialisation focuses on the nation state, the market and individual behaviour, and discusses how entities interact. Combing philosophy, politics and economics gives students a multidisciplinary framework to analyse and address global challenges in a sustainable and evidence-based way.

Philosophy, politics and economics is a programme within social sciences, that focuses on societal problems on an institutional level to address economic issues as well as ethical dilemmas. It takes an inter- and multidisciplinary approach by studying how institutions, markets and individuals function. One of the challenges is trying to assess what policies work and figures out how society can solve relevant problems in a sustainable and evidence-based way. During the courses students learn to gather relevant empirical data, analyse societal problems, have a critical and creative approach and focus on economic and political challenges of modern society.

Key subjects within this programme are ‘political philosophy’, ‘freedom and responsibility’, ‘micro-economics’, ‘macro-economics’, ‘international politics’ and ‘political economy’. Relevant questions are: ‘What kind of society are we living in and what institutions do we have? What are the key characteristics of democracy? What is worse: failing markets or failing governments? How does the international economy affect our lives?’ During the courses students participate in interactive lectures and seminars in which active class participation is required. Assessment methods include writing essays, journal papers and policy documents, written exams and oral presentations.

Students taking the PPE specialisation could continue their studies in politics, philosophy or economics and end up working in (inter)national governmental or non-governmental organisations such as the World Bank or the United Nations.

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