PPE is one of the most well respected and well known degrees at Oxford. With its broad and varied content, it brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world around us.Students will develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically, and be able to apply these skills to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or how we make ethical judgements.
Work is divided between lectures (six to eight a week), tutorials and classes (typically two tutorials or one tutorial and one class a week), and private study mainly spent preparing essays for tutorials and classes.
|Courses All three branches of PPE are studied equally;Philosophy:
|Assessment First University examinations: Three written papers.Politics – answer 4 questions with at least one from each of the 2 subsections.|
|2nd and 3rd years|
|Compulsory core subjects: Students choose to continue with all three branches or concentrate on any two, taking compulsory courses in the chosen branches along with optional courses:Compulsory core courses:
Optional courses:More than 50 choices, including:
|Assessment Final University examinations: Eight written papers, one of which can be replaced by a thesis|
Year 1 Politics
Introduces the empirical and theoretical study of Politics, the major methods of contemporary analysis and key concepts.
“Theorizing the Democratic State”
- liberty and power – and the role of ideology in interpreting and linking them.
- the desirability of democracy itself and the legitimate scope of state authority in a democracy.
- major theoretical frameworks for the distributions and exercise of power – including Marxist, pluralist and public choice approaches.
- major political thinkers – especially Rousseau, Tocqueville, Mill and Marx.
“Analysis of Democratic Institutions” (the United States of America; the United Kingdom; France; Germany)
- The practice of democracy and its institutions
- processes and political outputs
- The nature and functioning of institutions and rules in a liberal democracy; their aims and effects on the design and implementation of public policies.
- Conditions of democratic government and political stability.
Year 2 & 3 Politics
“Comparative Government” – Building on country based knowledge from year 1 – encompasses comparative study of the main political institutions through which contemporary societies are governed. These include constitutional frameworks, executives, legislatures, bureaucracies, constitutional courts, systems of devolved power, electoral systems, political parties, and party systems.
“British Politics and Givernment since 1900″ – close study of political developments in Britain since 1900 and the major academic debates surrounding them. Allows in depth insight into visible long-run processes of social, economic and political change, and to permit comparisons and contrasts to be drawn between the situations of political actors at different times. Students will become familiar with techniques and methods as diverse as archivally-based historical analysis, political biography and political science modelling. Popular topics covered include:
- The decline of the Liberal Party and the rise of the Labour Party;
- The political effects of the two world wars and the widening franchise;
- The development of the institutions and procedures of modern government;
- The changing party system under mass democracy;
- The challenges and failures of political extremism;
- The domestic impact of foreign policies such as appeasement, decolonisation and European integration;
- The challenges posed to modern governments by relative economic decline, and efforts to transform the system such as tariff reform, social democracy and Thatcherism.
- the role of the United Nations and of alliances such as NATO;
- the impact on international relations of globalization and of democratization;
- the development of European integration;
- the international impact of civil wars and humanitarian disasters;
- problems that arise from national self-determination and attempts to promote human rights.
- Modern British Government and Politics
- Government and Politics of the US
- Politics in Europe
- Politics in Russia and the Former Soviet Union
- Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Politics in Latin America
- Politics in South Asia
- Politics in the Middle East
- International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars
- International Relations in the Era of the Cold War
- Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau
- Political Thought: Bentham to Weber
- Marx and Marxism
- Sociological Theory
- The Sociology of Post-Industrial Societies
- Labour Economics and Industrial Relations
- The Government and Politics of Japan
- Social Policy
- Comparative Demographic Systems
- Quantitative Methods in Politics and Sociology
- Politics in China The Politics of the European Union
- Thesis in Politics