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 engage critically with the different PPE perspectives and to write an interdisciplinary research paper 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.
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).
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.