What Will You Study
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, known as PPE, is a joint degree delivered by the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and the department of Economics.
You will explore philosophical, economic and political ideas in relation to one another. For example, the study of Philosophy provides a historical background and gives you the opportunity to develop your critical reasoning skills and understanding, which are directly relevant to Politics and Economics.
In Politics, you will examine the history and basis of political ideas and critically reflect upon the nature and activities of political institutions. You will have the chance to learn how political decisions concern, and are influenced by, economic matters. You will also critically engage with a range of economic models and theories.
The first year of your degree is designed to enable you to develop a firm grounding in each of the three disciplines through the core modules: Introduction to Philosophy; Politics in the Modern World, and Principles of Economics.
In your second and third years, you’ll develop your skills and knowledge, choosing from a range of optional modules in the three subject areas. For example: Modern Political Thought: Liberty, Theory and Practice; The Ethics of Belief and Ignorance; Managerial Economics, International Economics and Issues in Contemporary Politics and Philosophy.
- Business Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics : BA Hons
- Economics : BSc Hons
- Economics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Finance : BSc Hons
- Economics and Finance (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics and Geography : BA Hons
- Economics and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Economics and Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Economics, Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Financial Mathematics : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Politics, Religion and Values : BA Hons
- Politics, Religion and Values (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
- Politics in the Modern World
- Principles of Economics B
- Constructing Christian Ethics and Politics
- Economic Policy
- Exploring Key Economic Issues: Economics for the Real World II
- Idealism, Empiricism & Criticism in 18th Century Philosophy
- Indian Philosophical and Religious Thought
- Issues in Contemporary Political Philosophy
- Macroeconomic Analysis
- Microeconomic Analysis
- Mind-Body Problem
- Moral Philosophy
- Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
- Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics
- Philosophy of Science
- Politics and History of the Middle East
- Politics of Development and Global Changes
- Power in British Politics: The Role of the Prime Minister
- Public Policy
- Russian International Politics
- The Government of the United States
- The Politics of Development: Latin America
- The Politics of Race
- Understanding Key Economic Concepts: Economics for the Real World I
- Understanding Liberty: Theory and Practice
- Values and Objectivity
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Continental Philosophy
- Darwinism and Philosophy
- Dissertation with external collaboration
- Dissertation with field studies
- Environmental Philosophy (Special Subject)
- Feminist Philosophy
- Future generations
- Health Economics
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- International Political Economy of Globalization
- Islamic Politics
- Logic and Language
- Media, Religion and Politics
- Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought
- Philosophy of Art
- Politics Employability and Engagement through Outreach
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- PPR in India
- Public Economics
- Race and American Politics
- Religion and politics
- Religion and Violence
- Special Subject: Complexity, Pragmatism and Policy
- Special Subject: The Imagination
- The Ethics of Belief and Ignorance
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
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BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
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A Philosophy degree provides you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and transferable skills relevant to a range of different future careers. According to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 6 months on from graduation, our Philosophy graduates have gone on to careers in Public Relations, HR and recruitment, teaching and education, legal research and logistics and project management. We will help you determine your direction and aim to support you in getting there. We do this by offering subject-specific support from academic tutors and specialist careers advisers.Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
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Students may incur travel costs dependant on their placement location.
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