Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
A three-year English-language Bachelor's degree programme - modelled on the Oxford-style "PPE" – which aims to give the students a solid grounding in political science (including international relations), philosophy (especially political philosophy and social ethics) and economics. The programme is hosted by the Institute of Political Studies (IPS), but taught also by members of the Institute of Economic Studies (IES). The emphasis is placed on enabling students to learn to analyse complex social, political and economic issues in a multidisciplinary manner, looking at the problems to be solved from complementary perspectives. Since traditionally the PPE study programmes aim at educating civic, political and business leaders, the study of philosophy is included in the curriculum to foster critical and creative thinking. PPE also stresses the importance of the ethical and global dimensions of the social, political and economic reality. The fact that the English-language degree programmes at Faculty of Social Sciences (or Charles University in general) are attended by students from dozens of countries from all over the world facilitates such adoption of a global perspective on politics and economics.
If you are interested in our Master's degree programme based on similar PPE principles, please see International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS).
Application submission deadlines
Application submission date: 30. 04. 2020
Note on date: For visa-seeking students, we recommend early-bird term for the application - 29. 02. 2020.
Programme Duration: 3 years
Language of Instruction: English
Programme Coordinator: Jakub Franěk, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Admission Administration: email@example.com
To complete the programme, the students must:
a) collect 180 ECTS credits and b) defend their Bachelor’s Thesis. The available courses consist of mandatory courses, elective and optional courses.
Mandatory courses introduce the students to political science, philosophy and economics, with their respective methodologies, as well as provide students with basic tools of quantitative analysis. Mandatory courses are intended to give a broad overview of major topics in politics, philosophy and economics, thus providing a solid background for more in-depth study of selected topics taking place in the elective courses. Bachelor thesis seminars prepare student for the selection of the topic of the thesis and provide a guide for writing the thesis.
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Introduction to International Relations
- Introduction to Security Studies
- Political Systems in Comparative Perspective
- Geopolitics and World Order
- Evolution of International Relations on the Map
- Introduction to Philosophy: A Global Approach
- Moral Philosophy and Value Theory
- Classics of Political Philosophy
- Contemporary Political Philosophy
- Methodology of Social Sciences
- Introduction to Statistics
- Principles of Economics I (Microeconomics)
- Principles of Economics II (Macroeconomics)
- Institutional Economics
- Economic History
- Comparative Economics
- English Academic Writing
- Bachelor Thesis Seminar I and II
Elective Courses and Specialisations in POL&PHI and POL&ECS
Elective courses cover a wide range of specific areas in three "modules" (Politics, Philosophy, Economics), allowing the students to specialise in the field of their interest. After the third semester (i.e., in the middle of the programme), each student will choose one of two "specialisations": POL&PHI (specialisation in politics and philosophy) or POL&ECS (specialisation in politics and economics). This choice will determine the number of credits which each student will have to gain by choosing elective course in each of the three modules of the programme. (To put it simply, students who will choose specialisation in POL&PHI will not be required to pursue an in-depth study of economics, while students who will choose specialisation in POL&ECS will not be required to pursue an in-depth study of philosophy, focusing instead on economics.)
Moreover, students who will choose specialisation in POL&PHI will be expected to devote their BA thesis on a topic in politics or in philosophy, while students who will choose specialisation in POL&ECS will be expected to write their BA thesis on a topic in politics or in economics.
Here is the complete list of elective courses that will be taught in the academic years 2019-2021. Each PPE student is required to take the minimal number of credits in every module (as indicated in each Group of courses below in italic).
Elective Courses – Group 1a (Module: Politics)
Minimum number of credits from Group 1a: 17 credits for all PPE students
Topics in Geopolitics and Political Geography [6 credits]
Political Parties in Europe [6 credits]
British Parlamentarism [6 credits]
Geopolitical Threats in the Contemporary World [5 credits]
Local Politics in the EU [6 credits]
Elective Courses – Group 1b (Module: Philosophy)
Minimum 18 for "specialisation POL & PHI", 0 pro "specialisation ECS & POL"
Political Theory and Practice of Neoliberalism [6 credits]
Justice in Politics and International Relations [6 credits]
Utopias and Dystopia in Political Philosophy [6 credits]
Moral Theory: The Current Debates [6 credits]
Advanced Seminar in Political Theory [6 credits]
Global Philosophy of Religion [6 credits]
Elective Courses – Group 1c (Module: Economics)
Minimum 17 credits for "specialisation ECS & POL", 0 for "specialisation POL & PHI"
Economics of Global Business [6 credits]
International Finance [6 credits]
European Economic Integration [6 credits]
Economic Policy [6 credits]
Ethics and Economics [6 credits]
Elective Courses – Group 2
Minimum 5 credits for all PPE students
US Government and Politics [6 credits]
Contemporary Political Extremism [6 credits]
Politics and Society in Central Europe 1933-1945 [6 credits]
Global Ethics: The Current Debates [6 credits]
Introductory Banking [5 credits]
International Trade [8 credits]
Off-field elective courses can be taken at any department of Charles University or at any partner university (for example, as part of the Erasmus exchange programme). Students may take maximum 18 ECTS credits of optional course. These credits can also be used to follow the Czech language classes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences. There is no minimum number of credits to be taken in this category of course (that is, all 180 credits can be gained by taking only mandatory and elective courses from the lists above).
Solid background in highschool mathematics is expected from students who plan to choose specialisation in ECONOMICS & POLITICS. Prior knowledge of politics, philosophy and economics is not required.
English Language Competence - minimal requirements
The PPE study programme is taught and examined in English and thus it is essential that applicants have a good enough command of English. Such abilities are best demonstrated by standardized tests such as:
- IELTS Academic - minimum required overall band score of 6.5, with band score 6.0 or above in all four components;
- TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT) - minimum required overall score of 80;
- Cambridge ESOL FCE - minimum Cambridge English Scale Score of 173;
- Cambridge ESOL CPE receiving a certificate;
We do not require a standardized English test score from applicants who:
- Are native speakers, or
- Have studied in English at the secondary school level or at the university level for at least two years, or
- Have worked for at least one year at a company where the language of communication was English, or
- Have passed Level II of the CFA exams in English.
When a score from an English-language test is not presented, the applicants should provide a certificate of their use of English during their prior studies or employment. The certificate should contain contact information (an e-mail address and a telephone number) to person (a program director, or an employee supervisor) who can confirm the scope of the use of English language in the programme or employment.
The PPE programme is open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) their secondary education. There is no formal entrance test and we evaluate the complete application package provided by the applicant. We welcome applicants with a strong motivation and a consistent past performance track record. Applicants must be able to demonstrate sufficient competence in English. To evaluate abilities of applicants, we require the following documents:
- Transcript of grades documenting the past secondary school performance (and university performance in the case of candidates who already have history of tertiary education). In case the original diplomas documenting the school performance are not in English, Czech or Slovak, certified transcript into English is required.
- Structured CV on one page (personal information, education, extracurricular experiences, international mobility, community service, competences and other evidence of intellectual curiosity and capacities for leadership).
- Motivation letter (up to 300 words) explaining the choice of PPE as an interdisciplinary programme.
- Proof of English proficiency. Except for native speakers and graduates of international high-schools where language of instruction was English, applicants should include a copy of an internationally recognised certificate in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE or similar). The scores of TOEFL well above 75 (implying high proficiency) are preferred.
- Letter of recommendation (from a person acquainted with the applicant´s intellectual skills and creativity).
- Brief (English) essay (approx. 1 500 words): an essay on a topic related to PPE (demonstrating the usefulness of the multidisciplinary approach characteristic of PPE to analysing and solving a concrete social problem or problems).
- Secondary school qualification: If you possess an internationally recognised high-school diploma or university entrance exam certificate, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), GCE – Advanced Level, SAT, ACT, Gaokao (NCEE) , Suenung (CSAT), you should submit it as well. Applicants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia who do not posses any international recognised secondary school qualification are encouraged to submit their SCIO OSP test results.
- 6 000 EUR per year (3000 EUR per semester)
We also offer fee reductions for students with excellent study record. The tuition fee covers the cost of instruction, examinations, as well as the access to libraries and computer laboratories. It does not cover the cost of textbooks and other teaching material nor the living expenses, e.g. accommodation, meals, etc. The university provides assistance to students interested in affordable accommodation at student dormitories.
The programme operates two internal fee reduction schemes:
- (a) First, within our merit-based scheme (taking into account the grade point average in a given semester), the top 10% of the students are eligible for fee reductions of 2000 EUR per semester (i.e., reducing the study fee to one third of the standard rate), while the next 10% of the best students are eligible for fee reductions of 1000 EUR per semester.
- (b) Second, students who have fulfilled all study requirements except of the BA thesis defence (i.e., who have obtained all study credits in 5 semesters) are eligible for a 90% fee reduction in the last semester of their studies.
Calculations of the cost of studying PPE in English at FSV UK should also consider the relatively low living costs for students in Prague, which are some 60% lower than in London and some 40% lower than in Amsterdam, Vienna or Berlin. In addition, PPE students can take advantage of a part-time job close to their professional specialisation since Prague which a cosmopolitan city with very high foreign investment rate and the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, eager to employ bright-minded, English-speakers interested in gaining international experience.
Reducing or Waiving the Fee
The Faculty of Social Sciences wants to support the future students and their studies. Therefore we offer a set of scholarships and fee reductions!
Conditions for reducing or waiving the fee for study in a foreign language at FSV UK can be found here.