PPE in Practice II: From Theory to Practice


Course Objective

At the end of each course students should have, or have improved their
basic knowledge and understanding of:

A1. Key concepts, theories, and methods of each PPE discipline.

A2. Methods and approaches combining the PPE disciplines.

The ability to:

B1. Apply established approaches within PPE to the analysis of complex
societal questions and to make a contribution to their possible

B2. Develop and apply different ways of integrating theories and or
method within PPE.

C1. Gather relevant data and organize and present them systematically,
with an awareness of the methodological and ethical issues involved.

C2. Assess which theory, method, or combination thereof is most suitable
for the analysis of a particular issue.

C3. Provide policy recommendations.

C4. Reflect on the professional responsibility of researchers and
practitioners, and incorporate these reflections into the analysis of
societal questions.

D1. Systematically and coherently present their work in verbal, written,
and graphical forms.

D2. Communicate with researchers and practitioners from different

E1. Think analytically and critically.

E2. Be flexible, take initiative and function as a team player.

The course also includes a language component that focuses on the basic
principles of text coherence and coherence-related pitfalls.

Course Content

This course deals with public policies related to climate change. It
will provide a basic understanding of climate science and reflect on
climate change from a philosophical, political, and economic
perspective. Topics will include the IPCC reports, scientific
uncertainty, sustainability, the Kyoto and Paris agreements, building
national and international action, distributional principles in ethics
and economics, and economic discounting.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars.

Method of Assessment

Examination (50%)
Group project (50%)
Language assessment (pass/fail)


To be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

First year PPE students

Additional Information

Please note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.

Custom Course Registration

There 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.

General Information

Course Code W_JSM_110
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. L.B. Decock
Examiner prof. dr. L.B. Decock
Teaching Staff prof. dr. L.B. Decock

Practical Information

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.

Target audiences

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