Philosophy, Politics and Economics (COS1)

Academic Year 2020/2021

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics combines the best of the three disciplines. The content and the approaches of each discipline feed into each other, yielding a three-dimensional appreciation of the toughest problems facing our society in the institutional, local, national and international contexts. This programme is designed to provide future politicians, civil servants, journalists and managers with a complex and subtle vision of how to improve things, and the skills to argue in support of such a vision. This appreciation of complexity is thus the greatest value that we strive to inculcate in our students: a reluctance to be fobbed off with cliché and mantra, or to be intimidated by statistics and jargon; a curiosity about what lies behind the newspaper headlines, and a persistence to research a topic thoroughly before forming an opinion; the willingness to engage with others respectfully and sensitively, and a humility to acknowledge one’s own error and prejudice.


1 - demonstrate a broad understanding of the central issues, theories and problems within all three of the disciplines of Philosophy, Politics and Economics;
2 - demonstrate a very detailed knowledge and understanding within a narrower range of areas within these disciplines;
3 - evaluate critically the leading theories and ideas within all of these disciplines;
4 - solve abstract problems using clear and concise arguments;
5 - develop their own ways of thinking about problems in philosophy, politics and economics, with rigour and clarity;
6 - communicate their ideas effectively using written and oral methods;
7 - develop their own research projects, applying research techniques effectively;
8 - work responsibly and directedly as an individual and in teams;
9 - demonstrate an awareness of principles of ethical practice in politics and economics and how these principles should be applied.

PPE programmes are scattered throughout many of the top universities in the world, attracting the best and most ambitious students and educating cohorts of politicians, civil servants, journalists and managers. All three disciplines share a commitment to rigour and problem-solving that will develop useful skills for any career – skills such as research, analysis, written expression and interpreting data. For a list of famous PPE programmes and graduates (such as Bill Clinton, David Cameron and Aung San Suu Kyi), see the Wikipedia entry on ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’. According to the BBC, the Oxford PPE “dominates public life in the UK”. 


Stage 3

Please ensure that you register to a minimum of 50 credits in total of Philosophy, Politics & International Relations and Economics modules. Please ensure that you register for a minimum of 10 credits for each subject area. If you are studying abroad (Erasmus/non-EU exchange), please see registration guidelines here.

Stage 4

Students are required to take 50 option credits in stage 4. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in each of the three subject areas - Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, and Economics.

Politics options: Students wishing to take POL30490 and POL30500 must apply to the school in advance.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ECON10770 Introduction to Economics Autumn

5

INRL10010 Foundation of Political Theory & International Relations Autumn

5

PHIL10160 Critical Thinking Autumn

5

PHIL10190 Introducing PPE Autumn

5

POL10170 Foundations in Political Research Autumn

5

ECON10030 Introduction to Quantitative Economics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

PHIL10040 Introduction to Ethics Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON10010 Principles of Microeconomics Spring

5

ECON10020 Principles of Macroeconomics Spring

5

PHIL10020 Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy Spring

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Choose 1 option module. (Students who achieved less than an O3 in Leaving Cert Mathematics must register to and pass MATH00010 from list below in Autumn before being permitted to take core module ECON10030 Introduction to Quantitative Economics in Spring.)
     
MATH00010 Introduction to Mathematics Autumn

5

PHIL10030 Introduction to Modern Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10100 Existentialism and Humanism: An Introduction to Continental Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL10200 Intro Philosophy of Science Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Choose 1 option module. (Students who achieved less than an O3 in Leaving Cert Mathematics must register to and pass MATH00010 from list below in Autumn before being permitted to take core module ECON10030 Introduction to Quantitative Economics in Spring.)
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
ECON20010 Intermediate Microeconomics Autumn

5

PHIL20490 Knowledge & Scepticism Autumn

5

POL20010 Individuals and the State: The Idea of Freedom in the History of Political Thought Autumn

5

ECON20040 Statistics for Economists Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON20020 Intermediate Macroeconomics Spring

5

PHIL20620 Philosophy of Social Science Spring

5

POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
INRL20040 Theories and Concepts in International Relations Autumn

5

POL20020 Comparative Politics Spring

5

POL20060 Law, Politics, and Human Rights Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
ECON20060 Irish Economy Autumn

5

ECON20080 Economic Policy Analysis Autumn

5

ECON20190 Introduction to Financial Economics Autumn

5

INRL20040 Theories and Concepts in International Relations Autumn

5

INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20090 United States Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

PHIL20010 Rationalism and Empiricism Autumn

5

PHIL20020 Logic Autumn

5

PHIL20280 Metaphysics Autumn

5

PHIL20440 Feminism & Gender Justice Autumn

5

PHIL20500 Phenomenology & Existentialism Autumn

5

PHIL20640 Philosophy of Mind Autumn

5

PHIL20700 Introduction to the Philosophy of History Autumn

5

POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy Autumn

5

POL20220 Political Institutions and Development Autumn

5

POL20230 Political Behaviour Autumn

5

DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Spring

5

ECON20120 The Economics of the European Union: Institutions, Policies and Crises Spring

5

ECON20130 Economic History: From the Middle Ages to the Second World War Spring

5

PHIL20240 Applied Ethics Spring

5

PHIL20550 Family, Ethics and Law Spring

5

PHIL20570 Philosophy & Literature Spring

5

PHIL20580 Plato's Republic Spring

5

PHIL20600 Nietzsche: Nihilism as a Philo Spring

5

PHIL20670 Origins of Analytic Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL20690 Philosophical Naturalism & Hum Spring

5

POL20020 Comparative Politics Spring

5

POL20060 Law, Politics, and Human Rights Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

POL20260 Intro to Chinese Politics Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
Stage 2 Options - D)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
PHIL20010 Rationalism and Empiricism Autumn

5

PHIL20020 Logic Autumn

5

PHIL20440 Feminism & Gender Justice Autumn

5

PHIL20500 Phenomenology & Existentialism Autumn

5

PHIL20630 Art and Society Autumn

5

PHIL20240 Applied Ethics Spring

5

PHIL20580 Plato's Republic Spring

5

PHIL20600 Nietzsche: Nihilism as a Philo Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - D)MIN1OF:
Select a minimum of 1 of the following option modules.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Philosophy option list below.
     
PHIL30260 Philosophy of Law Autumn

5

PHIL30280 Philosophy of Interpretation Autumn

5

PHIL30300 Critical Theory Autumn

5

PHIL30590 Aristotle: Ethics & Politics Autumn

5

PHIL30820 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason Autumn

5

PHIL30110 Post-Kantian German Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL30490 History of Ethics: Eighteenth Century Spring

5

PHIL30520 Philosophy of Religion Spring

5

PHIL30650 History as a Philosophical Question Spring

5

PHIL30670 Practical Philosophy: Work Experience Spring

5

PHIL30790 Animated Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL30830 Reason and Faith: A Comparative Approach from Plato to Galilei Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Philosophy option list below.
     
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Economics option list below.
     
ECON30100 The Economics of Health and Health Policy Autumn

5

ECON30180 Industrial Economics: Economics of Business Strategy Autumn

5

ECON30270 Behavioural Economics and Public Policy Autumn

5

ECON30360 Labour Economics Autumn

5

ECON30400 Political Economy Autumn

5

ECON30410 Development Economics Autumn

5

ECON30490 Experiential Economics Autumn

5

ECON30130 Econometrics: Applying Statistics to Economic Data Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON30150 International Money and Banking Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON30160 International Trade Economics Spring

5

ECON30170 Financial Economics: Asset Pricing Spring

5

ECON30190 Public Economics: Government Spending, Taxation and Public Choice Spring

5

ECON30390 Experimental Economics Spring

5

ECON30430 Economics of International Fin Spring

5

ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Sci Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - C)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Economics option list below.
     
Stage 3 Options - D)MIN1OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Politics and International Relations option list below.
     
INRL30340 Internat. Political Economy Autumn

10

INRL30350 International Justice Autumn

10

INRL30370 Terrorism & Political Violence Autumn

10

POL30710 Media and Politics Autumn

10

POL30750 The Concept of Representation Autumn

10

POL30780 Justice in Education Autumn

10

POL30820 Pol Risk & Foreign Investment Autumn

10

POL30840 Electoral Systems and their Consequences Autumn

10

POL30850 Citizen Pol. in Global South Autumn

10

INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace Spring

10

INRL30330 Integration Fragmentation Spring

10

INRL30360 Middle East Politics Spring

10

POL30660 Data Analytics for Social Sciences Spring

10

POL30680 Gender and Politics Spring

10

POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics Spring

10

POL30740 Political Economy of EU Spring

10

POL30810 EU in the world Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - D)MIN1OF:
Please select a minimum of 10 credits from the Politics and International Relations option list below.
     
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Politics modules to fulfill your stage 4 requirement. At least 10 credits must be selected from the level 3 options listed below. Please note that there are 5 and 10 credit modules available.
     
INRL30340 Internat. Political Economy Autumn

10

INRL30350 International Justice Autumn

10

INRL30370 Terrorism & Political Violence Autumn

10

POL30490 Advanced Seminar in Politics 1 Autumn

5

POL30710 Media and Politics Autumn

10

POL30750 The Concept of Representation Autumn

10

POL30780 Justice in Education Autumn

10

POL30820 Pol Risk & Foreign Investment Autumn

10

POL30840 Electoral Systems and their Consequences Autumn

10

POL30850 Citizen Pol. in Global South Autumn

10

INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace Spring

10

INRL30330 Integration Fragmentation Spring

10

INRL30360 Middle East Politics Spring

10

POL30500 Advanced Seminar in Politics 2 Spring

5

POL30660 Data Analytics for Social Sciences Spring

10

POL30680 Gender and Politics Spring

10

POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics Spring

10

POL30740 Political Economy of EU Spring

10

POL30810 EU in the world Spring

10

Stage 4 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Politics modules to fulfill your stage 4 requirement. At least 10 credits must be selected from the level 3 options listed below. Please note that there are 5 and 10 credit modules available.
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Philosophy option modules.
     
PHIL30260 Philosophy of Law Autumn

5

PHIL30280 Philosophy of Interpretation Autumn

5

PHIL30300 Critical Theory Autumn

5

PHIL30590 Aristotle: Ethics & Politics Autumn

5

PHIL30110 Post-Kantian German Philosophy Spring

5

PHIL30490 History of Ethics: Eighteenth Century Spring

5

PHIL30520 Philosophy of Religion Spring

5

PHIL30650 History as a Philosophical Question Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - B)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Philosophy option modules.
     
Stage 4 Options - C)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Economics option modules.
     
ECON30100 The Economics of Health and Health Policy Autumn

5

ECON30180 Industrial Economics: Economics of Business Strategy Autumn

5

ECON30270 Behavioural Economics and Public Policy Autumn

5

ECON30290 Advanced Microeconomics Autumn

5

ECON30360 Labour Economics Autumn

5

ECON30400 Political Economy Autumn

5

ECON30410 Development Economics Autumn

5

ECON30130 Econometrics: Applying Statistics to Economic Data Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON30150 International Money and Banking Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ECON20100 Game Theory Spring

5

ECON30120 Advanced Macroeconomics Spring

5

ECON30160 International Trade Economics Spring

5

ECON30170 Financial Economics: Asset Pricing Spring

5

ECON30190 Public Economics: Government Spending, Taxation and Public Choice Spring

5

ECON30260 The Economics of the Transport Sector Spring

5

ECON30390 Experimental Economics Spring

5

ECON30420 Advanced Econometrics Spring

5

ECON30430 Economics of International Fin Spring

5

ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Sci Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - C)MIN3OF:
Select a minimum of 15 credits of Economics option modules.
     
Stage 4 Options - D)MIN1OF:
Students may select one module from the following Politics level 2 option list to fulfil stage 4 requirements.
     
INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20090 United States Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy Autumn

5

POL20220 Political Institutions and Development Autumn

5

POL20230 Political Behaviour Autumn

5

DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Spring

5

POL20060 Law, Politics, and Human Rights Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

POL20260 Intro to Chinese Politics Spring

5


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