About this subject

We live in an interconnected world. National and regional economies, governments and political systems, and cultures and values across the globe are increasingly dependent on each other and on a perceived dominant international order.

This programme examines this process of ‘globalisation’ and its macroeconomic implications, as well as the wide-ranging responses to it, from populist political movements like Brexit and Trumpism to diverse transnational social movements such as Black Lives Matter and the Arab Spring of 2011. You will also explore philosophical concepts of personal identity and how these compare with concepts of identity in political philosophy and other related disciplines.

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 economic processes and impacts of globalisation.
  • Develop understanding of populist political movements around the world, and develop country-specific knowledge of select populist parties or movements.
  • Be able to critically assess contemporary philosophical and political engagements with the concept of personal identity.

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

This subject is available as a residential programme:

Session One: 26th June 2022 to 16th July 2022

Session Three: 7th August 2022 to 27th August 2022

This subject is available as an online programme:

Session One: 27th June 2022 to 15th July 2022

Session Three: 8th August 2022 to 26th August 2022

Expand your programme

You can expand your programme by taking more than one subject.

We recommend combining this subject with:

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics: Ethics, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change

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