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BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics

BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Philosophy, Politics and Economy is a multidisciplinary degree co-taught with the Department of Philosophy. The degree seeks to deliver a thorough grounding in philosophy, politics, and economics, and to provide students with a range of conceptual tools for understanding political and social phenomena through the lenses of the three disciplines.

Both the Department of Political Economy and the Philosophy Department are at the cutting edge of research in their fields, and teach modules that reflect their varied and overlapping research interests.

The Department of Political Economy is unique in the UK, in that modules are taught by economists, political scientists and political theorists. Students will benefit from a range of interdisciplinary modules such as ‘Ethics, Economics & Environmental Protection,’ ‘European Union: Power, Politics & Economics,’ ‘Development Economics,’ and ‘Commerce, Liberty and Virtue.’

Students can also take advantage of a world class Philosophy Department, where they can enrol in modules such as ‘Theories of Justice,’ ‘Philosophy of Religion,’ and ‘Gender and Philosophy.’ The department is ranked 1st in London and 3rd in the UK for research quality and power (REF). The programme coordinator in philosophy is Dr. Julien Dutant.

Student societies (the PPE Society, the Philosophy Society, the Politics Society, the Economics and Finance Society) are active and inclusive, and hold a variety of events of interest to programme students. In addition, King’s departments and King’s affiliated institutions, such as the Chatham House offer an impressive range of lectures and workshops.

For further information please see our Online Prospectus or contact the Programme Director, Dr. Carmen Pavel.

Please note: Due to the large number of applications and the competitive nature of this programme, we will not be accepting any internal (from other KCL programmes) or external (from other universities) transfers in either year one or year two.

Modules


Year 1

Students take five compulsory modules delivering a grounding in each of the three disciplines.

Core:

  • Political and Economic Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Comparing Political Systems
  • Principles of Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
Year 2

Students choose their preferred pathway:

Bipartite: Philosophy & Politics or Philosophy & Economics or Politics & Economics

Students must take a total of 45 credits in each of their two chosen disciplines.

Tripartite: Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Students must take a total of 30 credits in each of the three disciplines, from the lists below, selecting at least 15 credits of practical Philosophy.

Students then select an additional 30 credits from across all three areas, from the lists below.

Download the list of module descriptions for Level 5.

Optional modules:

Philosophy

  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato
  • Modern Philsophy II: Locke & Berkeley
  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philsophy
  • Epistemology II
  • Metaphysics II
  • Intermediate Logic
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Justice
  • Politlcal Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Logic & Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space and Time
  • Cosmos and Body: Presocratics and Hippocratics

Politics:

  • Political Economy
  • Institutions, Economics & Change
  • Econometrics
  • Ethics, Economics & Environmental Protection
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • The Economics of Politics
  • Globalisation & International Trade
  • Game Theory & Strategic Decision-Making
  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • European Union: Power, Politics & Economics. 
Year 3

Students select options from a broad variety of modules in their two chosen disciplines (bipartite pathway), or all three disciplines (tripartite pathway).

Bipartite: Philosophy & Politics or Philosophy & Economics or Politics & Economics

Students must take a total of 30 credits in each of their two chosen disciplines (60 credits total).

Students can select either an additional 60 credits from across their two chosen disciplines, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from another department), or an additional 30 credits from across their two chosen areas, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from another department), plus the optional 30-credit dissertation.

Tripartite pathway Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Students can select either a total of 120 credits from across all three disciplines (with 15 credits minimum in each), from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from another department), or 90 credits from across all three disciplines, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from another department), plus the optional 30-credit dissertation.

Download the list of module descriptions for Level 6.

Optional modules

Philosophy:

  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
  •  Kant's Epistemology & Metaphysics
  • Neoplatonism
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • First-order Logic
  • Set Theory
  • 19th Century Continental Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Formal Syntax
  • Moral Normativity
  • Greek Philosophical Texts I: Plato
  • Topics in Greek Philosophy
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy
  • Topics in Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Scepticism
  • Utilitarianism
  • Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools
  • Kant's Moral Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethics of Science and Technology
  • Mathematical Logic: Limiation Results
  • Modal Logic
  • Formal Semantics
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Mind
  • Gender & Philosophy
  • Greek Philosophical Texts II: Aristotle
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology II
  • Topics in Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics 
  • Plato's Myths

Politics

  • Democracy & Its Critics
  • Religion & Politics
  • Commerce, Liberty & Virtue
  • Democracy & Development
  • Politics of Culture & Identity
  • Advanced Issues in International Politics
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Liberty, Equality & Justice
  • Liberalism
  • Peace Science
  • 20th Century Political Thought
  • Global Power Europe
  • International Institutions, Global Governance & World Order

Economics

  • Political Economy: Advanced Analysis
  • Commerce, Liberty & Virtue
  • Economics of Crime
  • Economic Policy-Making
  • Behavioural Policy-Making
  • Development Economics
  • Liberty, Equality & Justice
  • Political Economy of Sport
  • Political Economy of the Financial Crisis
  • Topics in Political Economy
  • Advanced Economic Analysis
  • Ethics & Economics
  • Alternative Economic Perspectives
 
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