PPE in Practice V: Advanced Topics


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 backgrounds.
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 oral
production in pressure situations, including pitches, negotiations and
job interviews.

Course Content

The fifth PPE in Practice course is a problems and application-based
course that acts as a capstone course for the applied component of the
PPE programme.
The theme of PiP V is "Health, Quality of Life and Public Policy". It is
relevant for a number of reasons. First, social and economic
developments challenge existing healthcare arrangements. Changing
demographics and population aging, for instance, affect the demand for
health care. The increase in health care costs resulting from these
changes has led to social and political pressure for more cost-effective
care arrangements. Secondly, the various decisions that can be made and
stances that can be taken regarding the provision of care are connected
with fundamental moral and political views about which disagreements
often exist. For instance, judgments about the extent to which health
insurance should be mandatory will depend on one's view about the degree
to which individuals can be held morally responsible for their choices
as well as on one's political views regarding the role of the state.
Similarly, quality of life assessments as they are used for the
allocation of medical treatments are based on assumptions about the
nature of well-being that can be contested. Thirdly, external
developments create new opportunities (e.g. e-health) but also new
challenges (e.g. emerging infectious diseases) that can disrupt even the
most well-informed and measured healthcare arrangements.
The lectures will provide students with the required knowledge of the
moral, political and economic theories underlying current health care
policies; in the seminars and the assignments, the emphasis is on the
application of this knowledge to a thoroughly interdisciplinary analysis
of economic or political decision making about the provision of health

Similar to the other PiP courses, PiP V will combine lectures and
seminars. The lectures will provide students with a strong background in
the moral, political and economic theories necessary to identify and
understand the key issues pertinent to each question and seminars are
structured around small group discussions as well as group projects.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (active learning groups).

Method of Assessment

The final grade for the course will be based on an examination (50%) and
a group project (50%).
For the language component, there will be a group pitch for a funding
application that will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Entry Requirements

Mandatory courses PPE year 1, 2; PPE in Practice IV.


Course Reader, available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Third 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_302
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. P. Robichaud
Examiner dr. P. Robichaud
Teaching Staff dr. P. Robichaud

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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