About this subject

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing humankind is anthropogenic climate change, the rapid warming of the earth’s temperature driven by the consumption of fossil-fuels and emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In this programme you will investigate the economic consequences of both action and inaction on climate change, examine the political challenges faced by national governments and international organisations in tackling global emissions, and explore the emerging fields of climate ethics and environmental justice.

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) is a combined interdisciplinary area of study which has been taught at the University of Oxford since the early 20th century to equip students with the breadth of expertise required to understand and influence the world around us.

Learning outcomes

By studying this subject, you will:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the fields of climate ethics and environmental justice.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the economic impacts of climate change.
  • Be able to engage critically with a range of national and international policy initiatives to address climate change.

Who is this subject suitable for?

This subject would suit Social Sciences and Humanities students, especially those with a background in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development Studies, Human Geography, or International Relations.

Dates and availability

Applications closed for 2022.

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