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.
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.
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.
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).