The students can enrol in any of the three universities that organize this degree, following the usual enrollment procedures for that autonomous community. The 1st year is taught in Barcelona (at UPF) and the 2nd in Madrid (a semester at UAM and another at UC3M). Regarding the 3rd and 4th years, students will attend the university where they have enrolled.
Branch of knowledge
Social and Legal Sciences
Full-time study programme
From September to June
240 ECTS credits
Catalan, Spanish and English (depending on the subject)
Students will spend both semesters of the first academic year in Barcelona, at UPF, and the second academic year in Madrid, at the UAM and UC3M
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a bachelor's degree programme with a long-standing tradition in the English-speaking academic arena, and is currently taught at almost 50 leading universities, including Duke, Bern, Hamburg, Manchester, Oxford, Pennsylvania and Yale.
Our PPE bachelor's degree programme approaches social sciences from a range of angles, giving students the tools they need to analyse the increasingly global, complex and connected world we live in. Having finished the four academic years the students will acquire the "Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics" title.
The programme's prospective students should have a grounding in mathematics, an aptitude for communication, and the ability to engage in discussion and dialogue. A background in history, philosophy and logic would be useful for analysing theories and data related to political sciences. An interest in politics in general, ethics, law and sociology would also be appropriate, as would a positive attitude towards public sector management, innovation and lifelong learning.
Given the programme's highly interdisciplinary nature, methodological reflection on the knowledge it involves is necessary. Accordingly, it encompasses:
Social sciences methodology. Students will be able not only to acquire the curriculum's knowledge and skills, but also to reflect on how that acquisition takes place.
Logic and theories of reasoning and argumentation.
A specifically philosophical dimension. Both knowledge and action inevitably involve reflection. Matters such as the (individual and group) processes whereby identity is formed and recognition developed, the meanings of freedom, and our ability to think and explain as a fair society are thus the object of philosophical discussion in the programme (particularly its seminars). The issues in question are conducive to the realization that they and others are relevant to many parts of the programme and present in discussions of contemporary societies and culture.
The main objective of the bachelor's degree programme is to produce professionals capable of working in public and private institutions. Graduates will obtain quality training in political sciences and economics, built on a foundation of critical and moral analysis originating in the humanities, essentially philosophy.
Another of the programme's objectives consists of ensuring that students comprehend that contemporary societies are situated in a specific geographical, cultural and historical framework; that they are aware of the relationships of dependence and interdependence of the problems and conflicts that arise in such societies; and that they develop a cosmopolitan understanding with a view to coming up with proposals for solving those problems. International/transnational governability has both an institutional and a normative dimension, of which students must have a grasp.
The knowledge and ideas corresponding to the objective in question revolve around theories (scientific, normative) and proposals (legal, political) involving:
Different perspectives on the history of the present or immediate history (types of history and descriptions) and their various methodologies.
Cultural diversity, bearing in mind that neither globalization nor cosmopolitan perspectives can be said to have a context of neutral cultural meanings/values.
Race and gender (ethnic and gender diversity) in relations between cultures and in places of conflict and of social activity.
Different ideological, theoretical and normative positions in relation to understanding the programme's general objectives.
Competences to be acquired
PPE graduates will be capable of:
Evaluating the implications that the new ideological, political, economic and technological forms active in the contemporary world and in social conflicts hold for the human condition, on the basis of an understanding of today's societies and from a globalized, cosmopolitan perspective.
Putting into practice the interdisciplinary, historically situated aspects of theories, methodologies and problems that have a history and a formation process, and are the source of issues yet to be resolved.
Combining the knowledge acquired in the context of the programme's different disciplines (philosophical, political, historical and economic knowledge alike) to interpret results, evaluate conclusions, suggest appropriate solutions to society and appraise outcomes in a precise manner.
Designing programmes, in the different disciplines covered, for meeting needs to improve living conditions in society, taking into account national and international political actors, their relationships with political institutions, and current socioeconomic circumstances.
Implementing the aforementioned programmes, taking into account their design, viability and sustainability.
Evaluating programmes geared to improvement, their implementation and their benefits and level of performance in international and local settings, in institutions, and in the management and quality of public or private services.
Making judgements encompassing critical reflection on fundamental social, scientific and economic matters in a context representative of international and local society alike.
Fields that represent potential career options for the programme's graduates include politics, journalism, industry, education, business management, consultancy and public relations, diplomatic services, international institutions, and local and regional government.
During the first day of class (17th September) will take place the informative session of the Introduction to the University Course, addressed to the students of the first year. This course is included in the class Introducció a la Ciència Política.