BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year


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Full Time
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Degree of Bachelor of Arts



UCAS Course Code
L0VP
A-Level typical
AAB (2019/0 entry) See All Requirements
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By combining the study of philosophy, politics and economics you can ask how things should be, why they are as they are, and how they can be changed for the better.

Offered across the Schools of Economics and of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, you will gain high-level training in economic science while exploring political and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour.

If you are looking for a programme that combines the ideological with the practical, and equips you with excellent skills in research, communication and decision-making that will be of use across any number of careers, this is for you.

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.

Overview

The BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at UEA will give you the chance to pursue a spectrum of interests within a single degree programme.

With teaching from the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, you will learn to analyse a given economic, political or social problem using not only economic tools and concepts, but also those from political science and philosophy, applying this multifaceted approach in order to create new insights.

You will learn about the core areas of economics, as well as studying philosophical topics such as scepticism, freedom and morality, and exploring social and political values such as equality and solidarity.

Course Structure

Benefiting from the collaborative nature of this degree, you’ll take a compulsory core of modules, and then have the freedom to direct your own learning across the two disciplines with a choice of complementary modules.

Year 1

In the first year you will study introductory compulsory modules in economics, politics and philosophy: Introductory Macroeconomics, Introductory Microeconomics, Philosophical Problems, and Social and Political Theory. You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules in philosophy and politics.

Year 2

During your second year you’ll continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics through the modules ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’ and ‘Intermediate Microeconomics’. Alongside this you’ll choose optional modules in philosophy and politics – shaping your own path and developing your interdisciplinary understanding.

Year 3

In your third year you will spend 9-12 months in a full-time placement.

Year 4

You’ll continue your interdisciplinary studies in the final year, taking modules from across the Schools to ensure you have a deep understanding of all three disciplines. You will also have the option to take a dissertation during your final year.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by a lively, friendly research-oriented team who are committed to teaching excellence.

We have an international reputation in many key areas, including economic theory and applied subjects. Our research interests include behavioural economics, competition economics, environmental policy, conflict, contests and corporate behaviour, finance and financial markets, labour market studies in education, family and welfare, and cultural and creative industries.

Independent study

You can deepen your understanding and experience by taking part in various student-led initiatives. The Economics Society is the perfect place to network and socialise with fellow students with shared interests.

There’s also the Norwich Economic Papers – a scholarly journal run by a Student Editorial Board. This is your chance to publish academic work, write discussion pieces and enter essay competitions.

Academic support

To make sure you get the most from your studies and help you reach your full potential, our Learning Enhancement team, based in Student Support Services, are on hand to help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Writing skills (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (including how to use the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

If you have additional needs due to disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia please talk to our Student Support Services about how we can help.

Assessment

You will be assessed through exams and different types of coursework – such as essays, presentations, research exercises and group work.

Each type of assessment plays its part – for example:

  • Essays will test your general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests will check you have mastered the technical material
  • Exams will provide the opportunity for open-ended treatment of material
  • Econometric projects will test your ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • Critical reviews of academic articles will check your understanding and ability to critically assess

In some modules we use audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue with your teachers and give you feedback in real time.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

On this course you will spend 9-12 months of your third year in a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.

After the course

You’ll be well placed to choose from a wide range of career opportunities when you graduate – including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Course related costs

You are eligible for reduced fees during your placement year. Further details are available on our Tuition Fee website.

There may be extra costs related to items such as your travel and accommodation, which will vary depending on location.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

COURSE MODULES 2019/20

Year 1

We strongly suggest that PPE students attend either ECO-4001a Introductory Mathematics for Economists (non-A-Level Maths students) or ECO-4003 a Mathematics for Economists (A-Level Maths or equivalent studies). This will further support the economics component of your degree.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Introductory Macroeconomics 20 ECO-4006Y
Introductory Microeconomics 20 ECO-4005B
Philosophical Problems 20 PPLP4062A
Social and Political Theory 20 PPLX4051A

 

Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Global Politics 2 20 PPLI4055B
Introduction to Political Communication 20 PPLM4001B

 

Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
Modern Readings in Philosophy 20 PPLP4063B
Reasoning and Logic 20 PPLP4064B
Radical Philosophy 20 PPLP4065B

 

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Intermediate Microeconomics 20 ECO-5007A
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20 ECO-5007B

 

Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 40 credits from the following modules. Students will select 40 credits from the following politics modules.

Name Credits Module
Introduction to the European Union 20 PPLI5044a
International Security 20 PPLI5056b
International Organisation and Global Governance 20 PPLI5057a
International Relations Theory 20 PPLI5059a
Power, Wealth and Nations: Global Political Economy 20 PPLI5161b
Politics and Media 20 PPLM5001b
Gender and Power 20 PPLM5002a
Political Violence & Conflict: Theoretical Perspectives 20 PPLM5002b
Media, Globalisation and Culture 20 PPLM5003b
The Media and Identity 20 PPLM5042b
Digital Media and Society 20 PPLM5053a
Methods of Social Research 20 PPLX5047a
Western Political Thought 20 PPLX5064a
Power and Society 20 PPLX5159b
Comparative Politics 20 PPLX5162B
Politics in the USA 20 PPLX5164a

 

Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 40 credits from the following modules. Students will select 40 credits from the following philosophy modules.

Name Credits Module
Philosophy of History and Politics for Second Years 20 PPLP5167A
Religion and World Philosophies for Second Years 20 PPLP5168A
Mind and Language for Second Years 20 PPLP5173A
Ethics for Second Years 20 PPLP5174B
Knowledge Science and Proof for Second Years 20 PPLP5175B
Philosophy Meets the Arts (Second Year module) 20 PPLP5176B
Environmental Philosophy for Second Years 20 PPLP5177B
Key Thinkers and Texts for Second Years 20 PPLP5179A
Existential Philosophies (Second Year Module) 20 PPLP5180B

 

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits Module
Placement Year 120 ECO-5006Y

 

 

Year 4

Optional Modules:

Students will select no more than 70 credits in any semester.

 

Optional Range A:

Students will select a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 40 credits from the following modules.

Name Credits Module
History of Economic Thought 20 ECO-5009B
Government, Welfare and Policy 20 ECO-6008A
Political Economy 20 ECO-6008B

 

Optional Range B:

Students will select a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 50 credits from the following modules. Students will select 30-50 credits from the following politics modules. Students will select 80 credits across option ranges B & C.

Name Credits Module
Shifting Powers: Africa in the 21st Century 30 PPLI6039A
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 30 PPLI6040B
Power Over the Pacific: the American Relationship With Asia 30 PPLI6069A
Power Over the Pacific: the American Relationship With Asia 20 PPLI6070A
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 30 PPLI6087B
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 20 PPLI6088B
In and Out: the Politics of Migration 30 PPLI6089B
In and Out: the Politics of Migration 20 PPLI6092B
Britain and Europe 30 PPLI6090B
Britain and Europe 20 PPLI6091B
Politics and Popular Culture 30 PPLM6037A
Politics and Popular Culture 20 PPLM6038A
Topics in Public Opinion 30 PPLM66045B
Topics in Public Opinion 20 PPLM66046B
Consumer Culture and Society 30 PPLM6061B
Consumer Culture and Society 20 PPLM6062B
Analysing Media Discourses 30 PPLM6074B
Analysing Media Discourses 20 PPLM6074B
Activist Campaigning 30 PPLM6076B
Activist Campaigning 20 PPLM6079B
Digital Politics 30 PPLM6077A
Digital Politics 20 PPLM6078A/td>
Better worlds? Utopias and dystopias 30 PPLX6041A
Better worlds? Utopias and dystopias 20 PPLX6066A
Dissertation Module 30 PPLX6042Y
Advanced Research Topics   PPLX6046A
Topics in British Politics 30 PPLX6043A
Topics in British Politics 20 PPLX6047A
Democracy: in Theory and Practice 30 PPLX6044B
Democracy: in Theory and Practice 20 PPLX6048B
Multiculturalism 30 PPLX6072B
Multiculturalism 20 PPLX6073B
Capitalism and its Critics 30 PPLX6081B
Capitalism and its Critics 20 PPLX6083B
Distributive Justice 30 PPLX6097B
Distributive Justice 20 PPLX6098B

 

Optional Range C:

Students will select a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 50 credits from the following modules. Students will select 30-50 credits from the following politics modules. Students will select 80 credits across option ranges B & C.

Name Credits Module
Dissertation or Special Subject I 30 PPLP6102A
Dissertation or Special Subject II 30 PPLP6104B
Philosophy of Social Science 20 PPLP6103A
Philosophy of Social Science 30 PPLP6128A
Philosophy of History and Politics for Third Years 30 PPLP6138A
Religion and World Philosophies for Third Years 30 PPLP6139A
Mind and Language for Third Years 30 PPLP6141A
Ethics for Third Years 30 PPLP6142B
Knowledge Science and Proof for Third Years 30 PPLP6143B
Philosophy Meets the Arts (Third Year Module) 30 PPLP6144B
Environmental Philosophy for Third Years 30 PPLP6145B
Key Thinkers and Texts for Third Years 30 PPLP6146A
Existential Philosophies (Third Year Module) 30 PPLP6146B

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 33 Points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Distinction in 36 credits at level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDD (excluding Public Services and Business Administration)
  • European Baccalaureate 80%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking higher levels in addition to A-levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression onto this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Science

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

We also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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