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UCAS code

LLV1

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Politics and International Relations
Anthropology
Sociology

Course overview

This challenging and ground-breaking degree introduces you to core ideas and issues in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE). It will equip you to understand how the economy is governed, how public policy gets made and the ideas which shape the world.

Why study Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Goldsmiths?

  • The combination of Politics Philosophy and Economics (PPE) is well established, thanks largely to the degree offered at Oxford University. Goldsmiths now offers a distinctive, fresh and critical take on these areas of study, which draws on its well-established strengths in social science and theory
  • The course has been carefully designed to introduce you to the ideas that have shaped the world today, but also to new and critical ideas, with which we can challenge established political and economic policies, institutions and methods
  • You will be taught by highly engaged lecturers, working across politics, philosophy and economics, all of whom are active researchers and writers in their own field
  • The course includes a basic introduction to economics. No prior experience of economics is required; nor is an A-level in Mathematics
  • Over the three years, you will also be introduced to alternative approaches to the economy, drawn from anthropology and sociology, so as to think more broadly and imaginatively about the way in which markets, states and public policies operate in the 21st century
  • The course is engaged in contemporary, real-world problems, such as financial and environmental regulation. This will give you insights that will equip you for a career in public policy, NGOs, media, consulting and social innovation
  • In addition to the taught curriculum, you will have the opportunity to attend talks by leading scholars and public intellectuals, concerned with the questions of politics, philosophy and economics. You will have the chance to hear from practitioners, experts and policy-makers, who will give special guest lectures which are available to our PPE students
  • Goldsmiths offers a uniquely dynamic undergraduate culture, with active student media and politics groups, through which you can gain practical experience and discover what excites you for your career ahead

 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor

What you'll study

In the first year, you will take four modules: an introduction to economics, an introduction to philosophy, a module on contemporary issues in political economy (such as the financial crisis) and one of the existing politics first year modules.

The second year becomes more interdisciplinary and critical. It includes a module in political and economic anthropology, exploring the nature of money, property and markets. The philosophy module brings in elements of continental philosophy and critical theory.

In the third year, you will have the chance to choose from a large variety of modules, from across different departments, and also have the option to do a dissertation. This will allow you to draw on the skills you have acquired over the first two years, to take your own approach to the questions of politics, philosophy and economics. By the third year, we expect you to see various connections between the separate fields of politics philosophy and economics, and be able to combine them in critical and imaginative ways.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

Students take a total of 90 credits comprised of these compulsory modules:

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Issues in Cultural and Political Economy 30 credits
  Problems of Ethics 15 credits
  Introduction to Political Philosophy 15 credits
  Foundations of Economics 30 credits

They then choose one of these Politics and International Relations modules to make up the remainder of their 30 credits:

Module title Credits
  UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits
  World Politics 30 credits
  Colonialism, Power and Resistance 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Students take the following compulsory modules:

Year 2 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Politics, Economics and Social Change 30 credits
  Knowledge and Subjectivity 15 credits
  Aesthetics 15 credits

Students must also select 30 credits from the following economics options:

Module title Credits
  Political Economy 30 credits
  Mathematics for Economics and Business 30 credits
  International Political Economy 1 15 credits
  Topics in International Economics 15 credits

Students can then select modules to the value of 30 credits from the following Politics and International Relations options:

Module title Credits
  Making Modern Japan 15 credits
  Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era 15 credits
  Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits
  Europe Since 1945 15 credits
  Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
  Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain 15 credits
  Liberalism and its Critics 15 credits
  Life: A User's Manual 15 credits
  Modern Political Theory 30 credits
  Politics of Vision 15 credits
  Rough Politics 15 credits
  US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Students write a research dissertation (30 credits) and take the compulsory module Global Cultural Politics. They then select their remaining 60 credits from the following 3rd year Politics and International Relations options:

Year 3 modules Module title Credits
  An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics 15 credits
  An(other) IR – Views from the South 15 credits
  Anarchism 15 credits
  Beyond All Reason 15 credits
  Britain and Europe 15 credits
  Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits
  Companies in the World Economy 15 credits
  Critical Security Studies 15 credits
  Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
  Feminist Politics 15 credits
  Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
  International Political Economy 2 15 credits
  Liberal Government and Power 15 credits
  Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 15 credits
  Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention 15 credits
  New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
  Political Economy of the European Union 30 credits
  Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa 15 credits
  Rhetoric and Politics 15 credits
  Work Placement 15 credits
  Applied quantitative economics 15
  Quantitative 15 credits
  An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
  The Political Economy of International Development Assistance 15 credits
  Digital Anthropology Level 6 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 77% coursework, 23% written exam
  • Year 2 - 71% coursework, 25% written exam, 4% practical
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

When you start your studies you'll receive a printed copy of the handbook for your degree. At the beginning of the academic year you'll receive £10 of printer credit to use as you choose.

Module guides and reading packs including reading materials for your programme are provided digitally and you may decide to use your printer credit towards printing these.

Careers

Skills

This programme will develop you intellectually, and will enhance your transferable and communication skills – learning to plan your workload, to research solutions, and to express your ideas coherently.

Careers

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment.

Recent graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Poliitics and International Relations careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.