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Philosophy, Politics and Economics or Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (often abbreviated to PPE) is a popular interdisciplinary undergraduate degree which combines study from the three disciplines. The first institution to offer degrees in PPE was the University of Oxford and this particular course has produced a significant number of notable graduates. It is now offered at several other leading colleges and universities around the world.



PPE was established in Balliol College, Oxford University in the 1920's[1] as a modern alternative to Classics (known as Greats) because it was thought that a course in Philosophy and Ancient History was no longer relevant for those entering the civil service. It was thus initially known as Modern Greats.[2] Academics have argued that the introduction of the course had a profound effect on other academic disciplines within Oxford and more widely. It was the first opportunity for students to study philosophy at Oxford without having to learn Ancient Greek or Latin and hence sparked a huge growth in the number of students studying philosophy at Oxford.[citation needed] Christopher Stray has pointed to the course as one reason for the gradual decline of the study of classics, as classicists in political life began to be edged out by those who had studied the Modern Greats[3] Dario Castiglione and Iain Hampsher-Monk have described the course as being fundamental to the development of political thought in the UK, since it established a connection between politics and philosophy, whereas previously at Oxford and for some time subsequently at Cambridge politics had been taught only as a branch of modern history.[4]

Course material

The design of the programme emanates from the view that to understand social phenomena one must approach them from several complementary disciplinary directions and analytical frameworks. In this regard, the study of philosophy is considered important because it both equips students with meta-tools such as the ability to reason rigorously and logically, and facilitates ethical reflection. The study of politics is considered necessary because it acquaints students with the authoritative structures that govern society and help solve collective action problems. Finally, studying economics is seen as vital in the modern world because political decisions often concern economic matters, and government decisions are often influenced by economic events.

List of Universities offering PPE

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  1. ^ [1] "Balliol was the birthplace of the modern degree of PPE in the 1920s. A.D. Lindsay, who subsequently became the Master of the College, played a key role in the establishment of the degree and Balliol has long remained a major college for the study of PPE, and PPE has long been a major subject within Balliol."
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  3. ^ Christopher Stray, Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Pp. xiv, 336. $85. ISBN 0-19-815013-X.
  4. ^ Dario Castiglion and Iain Hampsher-Monk, The history of political thought in national context, Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN 0521782341
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  11. ^ The PPE School at the University of Durham
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  17. ^ PPE at the Open University comes under the Faculty of Social Sciences
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  25. ^ "Philosophy, Political Science, Economy Curriculum". Academic Advising Center, University of Akron. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  26. ^ "Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) Programme". School of Economics, University of Cape Town. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  27. ^ Exeter University
  28. ^ "BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)". University of Hull.,_philosophy_and_econo.aspx. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
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  35. ^ PPE at The University of Pennsylvania
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  38. ^ The PEP School at York
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