BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Topics in PPE

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCS30001
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course will explore the topic of inequality from the perspective of politics, philosophy, and economics. It will consist of lectures and tutorials, with an emphasis on reading-based discussion. Tutors will provide a basic structure for discussion and students will then be invited to ask questions and debate various aspects of the issues under consideration. Topics that may be discussed include: capital punishment, immigration policy, intergenerational justice, global warming, and the role of markets in health care.


Restricted Course

Restricted Course.


To enhance students' capacity to critically debate and evaluate competing arguments about political, philosophical and economic ideas and issues.

To develop students' ability to evaluate economic and social policies and place the study of such policies in their broader context.

To develop students' understanding of the interactions between aspects of the three disciplines that make up the PPE programme.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate critical capabilities to develop and sustain independent analysis and argument within and between the constituent subjects (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), and to apply such argument to a range of policy-relevant issues).

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly: 2 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial


Assessment methods

Students will be asked to produce three essays overall (each 2000 words long): one from the Politics section of the course, one from the Philosophy section of the course, and one from the Economics section of the course.

Essay 1: Politics (33%)

Essay 2: Philosophy (33%)

Essay 3: Economics (34%)

Feedback methods

The essays will be marked through Grademark and students will received feedback on each essay through Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Reading will be specific to each workshop.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Independent study hours
Independent study 173

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Ingram Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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