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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics/Frank McKenna School of PPE

The PPE program offers students the opportunity of a multidisciplinary immersion in the problems of action and reflection which shape the human world. Philosophy, politics, and economics share in common a foundational concern with the abundant and widely varying ideas of what is good for human beings and the challenges that arise from attempts at realizing and reconciling these different ideas of the good in practice. Each discipline develops this concern from a conceptually and historically distinct standpoint.

The study of philosophy teaches students to reflect on fundamental questions about nature, human experience, and our responsibility to others. By working with classic texts from the history of philosophy, and key problems within contemporary philosophy, students will catalogue their emerging philosophical commitments to cultivate a broad view of human experience and values, and to develop their facility with rational and critical engagement.

The study of economics consists of examining the decisions of participants in economic systems to discover regularities of behaviour in the expectation that through this better understanding society will be able to remedy undesirable results and achieve better ones. Such a study includes looking at the historical development of modern economies and the evolution of thinking about economic systems; examining intended and unintended outcomes of economic policies; and revealing the economic consequences of participation in trade, exchange, or employment relationships.

The study of politics is concerned with the nature and workings of power, state and government; the rights and duties of citizenship; the limits and possibilities of collective political action; and the social, economic, and cultural formations that shape the life of the political community. The scope of inquiry is local, national, and international; it includes the empirical analysis of individuals, groups, institutions and processes as well as the investigation of longstanding philosophical questions concerning human nature, freedom, democracy, and justice.

The PPE program brings these three areas of study together in one multidisciplinary program designed to balance prescriptive dimensions of the theoretical enterprise with descriptive ones that are grounded in empirical considerations, such that graduates of the program are broadly educated to consider complex contemporary concerns.

Multidisciplinary B.A. Programs

MAJOR in PPE is 66 credits earned as follows:

Philosophy Component (24 credits)
3from PHIL 1601, 1611, 1621, 1651
6from PHIL 2611, 2701
6from PHIL 3000, 3011, 3101, 3221, 3231, 3240, 3250, 3301, 3311, 3351, 3891
6from 3631, 3711, 3721, 3731, 3741, PHIL 4000 level
3from PHIL 4000 level
  
Politics Component (21 credits)
3from POLS 1001
6from POLS 2001, 2101, 2211, 2221, 2301
6from POLS 3001, 3011, 3031, 4000, 4011
6from either POLS 31/41, 32/42, or 33/43 series
  
Economics Component (21 credits)
9from ECON 1001, 1011, 2701
3from ECON 1701, MATH 2311
6from ECON 3/4000 level
3from ECON 4001, 4011, 4501, 4521

HONOURS in PPE is 84 credits with a disciplinary emphasis on Philosophy, Politics, or Economics earned as follows:

A. Philosophy Emphasis
Core
6from PHIL 1601, 1611, 1621, 1651
6from PHIL 2611, 2701
3from PHIL 2301, 2511
12from PHIL 3000, 3011, 3101, 3221, 3231, 3240, 3250, 3301, 3311, 3351, 3891
9from PHIL 3511, 3631, 3711, 3721, 3731, 3741
6from PHIL 4000 level
Economics
9from ECON 1001, 1011, 2701
3from ECON 1701, MATH 2311
6from ECON 3/4000 level
3from ECON 4001, 4011, 4501, 4521
Politics
3from POLS 1001
6from POLS 2001, 2101, 2211, 2221, 2301
6from POLS 3001, 3011, 3031, 4000, 4011
6from either POLS 31/41, 32/42, or 33/43 series
  
B. Politics Emphasis
Core
3from POLS 1001
6from POLS 2001, 2101, 2211, 2221, 2301
33

from three of the POLS 3/4000 series including:

  1. at least 9 credits from the POLS 30/40 series

  2. at least 9 credits from one of the POLS 31/41, 32/42, or 33/43 series

  3. at least 9 credits from a second of the POLS 31/41, 32/42, or 33/43 series

Note: at least 6 of the 33 credits must be at the 4000 level

Economics
9from ECON 1001, 1011, 2701
3from ECON 1701, MATH 2311
6from ECON 3/4000 level
3from ECON 4001, 4011, 4501, 4521
Philosophy
3from PHIL 1601, 1611, 1621, 1651
6from PHIL 2701, 2611
6from PHIL 3000, 3011, 3101, 3221, 3231, 3240, 3250, 3301, 3311, 3351, 3891
6from PHIL 3631, 3711, 3721, 3731, 3741, PHIL 4000 level
  
C. Economics Emphasis
Core
9from ECON 1001, 1011, 2701
3from ECON 1701, MATH 2311
12from ECON 2001, 2011, 2101, 2111
6from MATH 1151 or 1111; MATH 1121 or 2221
3ECON 3/4000 level
3ECON 4001, 4011, 4501, 4521
6

ECON 4801, 4811, 4711, 4721

Note: The Department of Economics recommends 12 credits from ECON 4801, 4811, 4711, 4721 for students intending to pursue graduate work in Economics.

Philosophy
3from PHIL 1601, 1611, 1621, 1651
6from PHIL 2701, 2611
6from PHIL 3000, 3011, 3101, 3221, 3231, 3240, 3250, 3301, 3311, 3351, 3891
6from PHIL 3631, 3711, 3721, 3731, 3741, PHIL 4000 level
Politics
3from POLS 1001
6from POLS 2001, 2101, 2211, 2221, 2301
6from POLS 3001, 3011, 3031, 4000, 4011
6from either POLS 31/41, 32/42, or 33/43 series

Note: Students who have declared their intention to complete a Major or Honours Degree in PPE must consult with a Program Advisor to determine an appropriate group of courses before registering for their third and fourth years of study. Approval of the Program Advisor will be required before the student registers for courses.

Note: Students who have declared their intention to complete a Major or Honours Degree in PPE will write an Integrative Essay in one of their 4000 level courses in Philosophy, in Politics, or in Economics which demonstrates their capacity to draw on fundamental concepts from all three contributing disciplines of the PPE Program. The faculty member teaching the course will evaluate the Integrative Essay. Two faculty members in the two other contributing disciplines will be available for consultation, and will be designated by faculty member teaching the course in consultation with the students.

Note: COMM 3411, 3501, 4501, 4521, and 4541 may be designated as Economics electives for students taking a Joint Major in Computer Science and Economics, a Major, Minor or Honours in Economics or the Major or Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.