This course is constructed around an interdisciplinary module in social choice with contributions from the departments of Economics, Philosophy and Politics. This course explores the inter-connections between normative economics and ethics at an advanced level. These connections have been central to the development of modern economics and moral philosophy, and can be found in classic texts in economics and philosophy, including those of Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill.
You will take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted) at an advanced level. This module is jointly taught by members of staff in all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.
The 10 credit 'Research Skills for PPE' module will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.
You will take at least 40 credits of economics modules, including applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics; and 20 credits of philosophy modules - either practical philosophy or contemporary political philosophy.
In addition, you will write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.
You will take a further 30 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the Economics and Philosophy departments, to include at least 10 credits from Economics. An overview of the types of modules on offer is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/pep/postgraduate/ma-modules
Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.
The interdisciplinary nature of an MA degree from the School of PEP at York means that you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.
The MA in PPE: Economics and Philosophy prepares students for a wide range of careers, including careers in economics, public life, finance and research. It also provides essential research training for doctoral study in economics.