Detailed information

Detailed information


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.

Course Structure

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]


Optional Courses

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).