Please note that the registration period is limited. See the box under 'Application and Registration' for the exact registration dates of the minor and courses.
Most courses can also be taken as separate courses. In case you want to take the minor, you must register for both the minor programme and the courses.

Reflecting on complex social issues like migration, sustainability or public health becomes much more interesting if you learn to look at it from different disciplinary perspectives. Migration, for example, might be desirable from an economic perspective in light of job opportunities, and problematic from a political perspective. Or current trends in politics throughout Europe may make you wonder what the core pillars of democratic society should be and how these have been tested through the times in different settings.

The PPE minor offers you an opportunity to learn to reflect critically on societally relevant topics from four different perspectives. The disciplines of governance, economics, history and philosophy offer you a mixture of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses where perspectives on e.g. democratic societies, welfare states, governance models and economic trends will be combined with actual cases.

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 finalize 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.

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) minor aims to offer students an interdisciplinary approach to learn to critically analyze urgent societal themes in the public domain such as the welfare state, inequality, democracy and sustainability. The PPE minor is scheduled in the first semester, offering four 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 four) in the first block and take the two interdisciplinary courses in the second block in order to complete the minor.

NB: You are encouraged 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 two other courses will use the PPE theme as its core focal point using a monodisciplinary perspective. Next, two interdisciplinary courses will be offered whereby all partners are involved in each course. One of these integrates the academic debates (course 5) and one reaches out to relevant societal partners (course 6).

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.

Furthermore:

  • Dutch speaking students must register for USG502P Bestuur en organisatie voor PPE, English speaking students for USG552P Public Administration & Organisation PPE.
  • PPE-students are not permitted to also do the minor PPE. 
  • Students that choose to take the minor (and that have registered) get priority access. Nevertheless, it can't be guaranteed that all minor students will be selected.
  • A substantial number of places per course is reserved for foreign and external (Dutch) students.

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 (Monday 3 June through Monday 17 June at 12 noon). 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 Registration 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 (Monday 3 June through Monday 17 June at 12 noon). 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

Eric Boot

e.r.boot@uu.nl