The David Willetts mentioned in my previous post, the Minister for Universities and Science, holds a degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford (as do David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, both Miliband brothers, Ann Widdecombe, Danny Alexander, Ed Balls, and Benazir Bhutto, I am informed by the dedicated wikipedia page).

The course “brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world around us”, says the Oxford Admissions blurb. That seems pretty majorly important and worthwhile. And the course outline provided looks really interesting; optional subjects include Post-Kantian Philosophy, Later Wittgenstein, Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa, Political thought: Plato to Rousseau, International Economics and Economics of Developing Countries.

Isn’t PPE  generally considered an Arts subject? As such, how is it going to be affected by the phasing out of teaching grants for degree courses in arts, humanities and social sciences at English universities under government plans?


2 Responses to “PPE”

  1. 1 Nij
    June 24, 2011 at 18:04

    I don’t have an answer to your question I’m afraid but the comment did bring to mind the following story from the Beeb a while back:


  2. June 24, 2011 at 21:23

    Is it not social science rather than arts? I’m sure, being elite Oxford, the course will survive just fine for some time…

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