The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) major offers students an integrated understanding of the world by equipping them with the skills to investigate connections among economic, political, philosophical and ethical phenomena. It aims to foster a multidisciplinary, empirically informed, and philosophically reflective approach. The PPE major will provide students with a wider set of qualitative and empirical tools of analysis, and conceptual forms of knowledge, than would be gained by specialising in just one of the three disciplines of philosophy, politics, or economics. It is designed for students who want to explore the interconnections between ethical and normative issues, institutional arrangements, political relations, production, trade or market mechanisms, religious institutions and customs as well as legal orders.
Students in the PPE major will integrate multiple disciplinary perspectives in choosing a capstone topic or research question such as: How do our economic, political and legal orders interact to affect the distribution or redistribution of material resources, political rights and duties, or forms of recognition and honour? Are mechanisms of decision-making in our political and economic institutions complementary or conflicting, and how are these differences grounded in various philosophical, religious, or ethical traditions? What different forms are taken by justice, equality, responsibility, or liberty in various economic, political, and legal institutions?
The PPE major teaches students how to think creatively across boundaries and to address a range of different subject areas in a critical fashion. It is also designed to combine social scientific forms of knowledge and modes of analysis with more philosophical and normative methods of inquiry. For these reasons, the PPE major prepares students for a wide range of careers including law, public policy, government, management consulting, non-governmental organisation (NGO) work, business, social work, journalism, market analysis, accounting, finance, and academia.