PPE in Practice IV: Connected World


Course Objective

After completing the 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 backgrounds.

E1. Think analytically and critically.
E2. Be flexible, take initiative and function as a team player.

Course Content

The fourth PPE in Practice course is a problems and application-based
course that encourages students to draw interdisciplinary connections
between the individual PPE disciplines. PiP IV addresses emerging 21st
century problems related to new technologies and the globalized
information networks they enable. Students will acquire systematic
knowledge about the working of new information technologies (like
machine learning and big data analysis) and acquire practical skills in
big data analysis and policy paper writing.

Similar to the other PiP courses, PiP IV combines lectures and seminars
over a period of three weeks. The lectures will provide students with a
strong background in the relevant moral, political and economic debates.
Seminars are structured around reading questions, small group,
discussions, and individual and group assignments.

The course includes a language component that focuses on the expansion
of one’s linguistic repertoire to promote attractive writing. In
addition, practice is given on conference presentation techniques.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (active learning groups).

Method of Assessment

Written Exam (50%)
Group Policy Paper (50%)
Assessment of linguistic components (pass/fail) - specifically,
linguistic, structural and coherence-related aspects of group paper
[where each individual contribution is specified]


To be announced: Course Reader will be available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Second year PPE students

Additional Information

Participation in 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.

Recommended background knowledge

Mandatory courses PPE year 1; PPE in Practice III.

General Information

Course Code W_JSM_208
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum
Examiner prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum
Teaching Staff prof. dr. B.J.J. Crum

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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