Course ObjectiveAfter this course, students should have:
• An understanding of the meaning, use, and limitations of some relevant
theories and tools at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and
• The ability to apply these theories and tools for the analysis of
policy issues and democratic decision-making.
• An understanding of public policy and its implementation, along with
the ability to relate different policy positions to fundamental
philosophical, economic, and/or political views.
• The ability to contribute to a joint research project and to report
and present its findings.
Course ContentThe goal of this course is to obtain a better understanding of policy
issues at the intersections of the three PPE disciplines. Students learn
to apply theoretical insights and scientific findings to topical and
often controversial issues, such as gambling, animal experiments,
poverty relief, global warming, and international trade. The course
deals with the relationship between
politics, economics, and philosophy (in particular ethics) in the
context of discussions about the working of markets and their limits in
the light of market failures as well as the role that governments and
other actors (such as NGOs, companies, citizens) are or are not to play
in promoting and preserving individual and social welfare. Thus, the
possibilities, limitations, and justifications of public policy
proposals in a wide variety of different domains will be assessed.
The course includes a language component that focuses on the following:
(a) core linguistic features of academic English and lexical and
(b) structural and visual features of posters.
In addition, practice is given on conference presentation techniques.
Teaching MethodsLectures, seminars, and team projects
Method of AssessmentExam, written assignment.
Assessment language component:
(a) linguistic and structural aspects of policy project paper [where
each individual contribution is specified] [pass/fail];
(b) final poster presentation [linguistic, structural and visual
Literature• Weimer, D.L. & A.R. Vining (2017). Policy Analysis: Concepts and
Practice (6th edition or later). New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138216518
• Relevant articles and other sources (provided via Canvas)
Target AudienceFirst year PPE students
Additional InformationPlease note that participation in the seminar groups is mandatory.
Active participation in the group projects is required.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (ii) lecture, but not for the seminar groups.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. P. Overeem|
|Examiner||dr. P. Overeem|
dr. P. Overeem
prof. dr. H.L.F. de Groot
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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