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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA

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Overview

Our Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) BA course is a high-quality, interdisciplinary programme that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the political and economic institutions of the 21st century, both in the UK and globally. This programme is taught by the Department of Political Economy and the Department of Philosophy.

Key benefits

  • You will learn to think critically and independently about fundamental issues in philosophy, politics, and economics  and the interaction between them.
  • Our Philosophy Department is one of the largest and most prominent departments at King's and currently ranked as one of the top three in the UK.
  • We offer a wide range of optional modules, covering areas of philosophy, politics and economics.
  • This course enables you to develop an understanding of the relationship between political and economic processes, institutions and ideas, and broader philosophical issues.

Key information

UCAS code L0V0

Duration 3 Years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations TBC

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Political Economy

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Description

Sitting within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, the Department of Political Economy has an interdisciplinary, social science ethos that cultivates a highly stimulating intellectual environment and which attracts leading scholars.

Our research-led curriculum encourages critical analysis and debate on contemporary international political and policy issues.

Your first year will provide you with the foundations for the study of philosophy, politics and economics. You will then be able to choose between two study pathways, choosing to specialise in two areas of the course, or studying all three disciplines.

If you wish to carry out independent research, you can opt to complete a 30-credit dissertation.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.

Location

The course benefits from a central location on the Strand Campus with all the facilities offered by the College readily available and the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden on its doorstep. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Other related courses

  • Political Economy
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Economics & Managment.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. 15 credits of these can be taken from another department outside of the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Economy.
Required Modules
  • Political & Economic Philosophy (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Philosophy (30 credits)

  • Comparing Political Systems (30 credits) 

  • Principles of Economics (30 credits)

  • Quantitative Methods (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules this year.

Year 2

Required Modules

In the second year you will choose your preferred study pathway from the four options listed below:

Philosophy & Politics

You will take a minimum of 45 credits in philosophy modules and 45 credits in politics modules. For the full year you must take 120 credits. 

Philosophy & Economics

You will take 45 credits in philosophy modules and 45 credits in economics modules.

From the 45 credits of economics modules, the following 30 credits are required.

  • macroeconomics
  • microeconomics

Politics & Economics

You will take a minimum of 45 credits in politics modules and 45 credits in economics modules.

 From the 45 credits of economics modules, the following 30 credits are required.

  • macroeconomics
  • microeconomics

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

You will take 120 credits including at least 30 credits in philosophy modules, at least 30 credits in politics modules and at least 30 credits in economics modules.

You are required to take at least 15 credits of practical Philosophy. 

The following 30 economics credits are required.

  • macroeconomics
  • microeconomics

BSc pathway information:

If you choose the Philosophy, Politics and Economics tri-partite pathway, you can read for either a BA or BSc degree.

Please note that for the BSc degree you must complete 60 credits in the following designated research skill modules:

Microeconomics (15 credits) Year 2

Macroeconomics (15 credits) Year 2

Econometrics (15 credits) Year 2

Optional Modules

Philosophy Modules

  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)
  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of the Mind (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Space & Time (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)

 Politics Modules 

  • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts & Issues (15 credits)
  • History of Political Thought (15 credits)
  • Extended Essay (15 credits)
  • Political Change in Europe (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • The International Politics of Energy (15 credits)
  • Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits)
  • Stability and Change in Post-Colonial Nations (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Economics & Environmental Protection (15 credits)
  • Issues in International Politics (15 credits)
  • Game Theory & Strategic Decision Making (15 credits)
  • The Economics of the Public Sector (15 credits)
  • Policy Analysis: Decision, Implementation & Evaluation (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Political Theory (15 credits)
  • American Political Development (15 credits)
  • Statistics for Political Science II (15 credits)

Economics Modules

  • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts & Issues (15 credits)
  • Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Economics & Environmental Protection (15 credits)
  • The Economics of Politics (15 credits)
  • Game Theory & Strategic Decision Making (15 credits)
  • The Economics of the Public Sector (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Economics (15 credits)
  • Statistics for Political Science II (15 credits)

Year 3

Required Modules
  • Philosophy & Politics

You are required to take 30 credits in philosophy modules and 30 credits in politics modules. You will then take a further 60 credits from a wide range of optional philosophy and politics modules, of which 15 credits can be from a department other than the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Economy.

  • Philosophy & Economics

You are required to take 30 credits in philosophy modules and 30 credits in economics modules. You will then take a further 60 credits from a wide range of optional philosophy and politics modules, of which 15 credits can be from another department.

  • Politics & Economics

You are required to take 30 credits in politics modules and 30 credits in economics modules. You will then take a further 60 credits from a wide range of optional philosophy and politics modules, of which 15 credits can be froma department other than the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Economy.

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics

You will take 120 credits including at least 15 credits in philosophy modules, at least 15 credits in politics modules and at least 15 credits in economics modules. You may also take 15 credits from a department other than the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Economy.

 

Dissertation

Philosophy, Politics & Economics students also have the option of writing a 30 credit dissertation.

Optional Modules

Philosophy Modules (15 credits)

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • 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
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language
  • 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: Limitative 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 modules (15 credits)

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • 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 modules (15 credits)

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • Political Economy: Advanced Analysis
  • Commerce, Liberty & Virtue
  • Economics of Crime
  • Economic Policy-Making
  • Behavioural Political Economy
  • 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

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

A*AA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D2 D3 D3

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

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Required grades:

88% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

GCSE Mathematics at grade A (or equivalent)

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: A*AA at A-Level. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Applicants must also hold Standard Credit Grade/Intermediate 2 in  Maths or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: 35 points and HL 766. Additionally, GCSE Maths at grade A (or equivalent).

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 January 2017

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Graduates are suited to a wide range of careers and acquire a skill-set that equips them to work in policy development, governmental roles and communications, amongst others.

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