Some of the most pressing issues of our time are not discrete problems within one particular academic discipline. They seem rather to call for interdisciplinary reflection. Is populism a threat to democracy, or an invigoration of it? What about those neoliberal economic policies that have (partially) replaced/demolished the welfare states of the 20th century: was this a total disaster, or was the welfare state a bad idea to begin with?

Coming up with answers to questions like these, requires not only a grasp of abstract ideals such as freedom, equality, and justice. It also requires an understanding of historical phenomena such as the welfare state, democracy, and neoliberalism. And finally, a satisfying answer will also tell us something about which economic and/or political policies are actually effective solutions to the problems identified.

The PPE minor offers you an opportunity to learn to reflect critically on societally relevant topics from different perspectives. The disciplines of economics, history and philosophy allow you to adopt a multi-dimensional perspective on e.g. democratic societies, welfare states, and issues such as various kinds of (economic, social, or political) inequality.

Moreover, if you take the full minor, we also offer you the interdisciplinary course PPE Perspectives where you learn to reflect on the use of research methods and skills in interdisciplinary perspectives. You complete the minor with the course PPE in Practice, which consists of doing a project for a stakeholder. So, we encourage you to come and join the full minor in the first semester.

NB: Most courses can also be taken separately. In case you want to take the minor, you must register for both the minor programme as well as the courses.

Content

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) minor aims to offer students an interdisciplinary approach to learn to critically analyse urgent societal themes in the public domain such as the welfare state, inequality, and democracy. The PPE minor is scheduled in the first semester, offering three thematic courses in the first block from participating disciplines, and two interdisciplinary courses in the second block. Students are expected to choose two thematic courses (out of three) in the first block and take the two interdisciplinary courses in the second block in order to complete the minor.

NB: We encourage you to take thematic courses outside of your disciplinary background, to make you more acquainted with other perspectives.

Goals

The goal of the thematic courses is twofold: (a) to introduce the student to different disciplinary perspectives on the PPE themes, and (b) to provide the student background knowledge about the different PPE disciplines. Two of these courses will already offer an interdisciplinary perspective on thematic issues, while one other course will use the PPE theme as its core focal point using a mono-disciplinary perspective. Besides this, there are two interdisciplinary courses in which all disciplines are involved in each course. One of these integrates the academic debates and another one reaches out to societal stakeholders.

Study Programme

The minor PPE consists of four course modules (30 EC): you choose two thematic courses in the first block, the two interdisciplinary courses in the second block are obliged.

  • PPE-students are not permitted to do the minor PPE. 

NOTE: From 23-24 the courses of the PPE-minor will be offered throughout the year (not only the first semester).

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

REGISTRATION STUDY RESULTS

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Besides that we also need a Proof of Payment of your tuition fees from your own educational instituion. Please send the form and the Proof of Registration -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

Study results

Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.

Coordinator minor PPE

Clint Verdonschot

c.p.verdonschot@uu.nl