The PPE programme, jointly established by the Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics in 2018, focuses on the multidimensional study of social and political phenomena, using the intellectual tools from three long-established disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Our goal is to train a generation of strategy analysts and policy formulators with the capability to approach social and political issues from multiple disciplinary angles, and thereby add value to their organisations and society at large.
The programmme does not primarily aim at “breadth” (exposure to a variety of things). Rather, it aims to achieve a targeted depth in a curated common core that combines elements from the three disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. Through this common core, students gain knowledge and skills that allow them to study social and political phenomena in a way that is both philosophical and social-scientifically informed.
Some of the key elements of this common core include: Formal Logic, Decision Theory and Social Choice Theory, Basic Economic Quantitative Analysis, Microeconomic Analysis, Empirical Research Methodology, and Government and Politics of Singapore. Over and above the common core, PPE students will gain additional coverage of one discipline of their choice (their “specialization” discipline), and be introduced to interdisciplinary integration.