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Bachelor
Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE)
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The PPLE study programme in a nutshell

Find out in four minutes what our programme is about and why you should consider it.

Curriculum

  • The first year

    The first year consists of academic core courses. Interdisciplinary courses such as ‘Law, justice and morality', 'Politics, power and governance’ and ‘Mind, Behaviour and Society’ help students foster a broad mindset and provide a good foundation in the disciplines. This in turn gives them the required knowledge for the courses in the second and third year.

    In the methodological courses (‘Doing research’), students will learn about the main qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques. At the end of each semester, in the integrated seminars, students conduct a project based on social challenges and themes, such as solidarity and global justice.

    By the end of the first year, students must choose one major.

  • The second and third year: majors

    In the second year, students start on their specialisation (major) in either politics, psychology, law, or economics and business. The majors have been specially and carefully designed by teams of leading scholars from all across the University of Amsterdam.

    Alongside their major-focused courses, students continue to engage in a diverse range of interdisciplinary core courses, further developing their integrative thinking skills. Approximately half of their coursework delves deep into their chosen major, while the remaining half is dedicated to the interdisciplinary component.

    Students may choose to enrich their academic experience by spending a period of their studies abroad, most commonly as an additional semester of study.

    Before receiving their Bachelor’s of Science degree, they will cap off their studies by writing an extensive Bachelor’s thesis.

  • Personal development integrated into the curriculum

    In addition to focusing on the acquisition of academic knowledge and skills, the PPLE study programme also aims to foster students' personal learning and development. We tailored a programme that revolves around topics that ultimately determine the quality of life, yet are not normally addressed at university. In a series of interactive workshops, topics such as self-worth, decision making, but also more interpersonal topics such as friendship, grief, and sexuality are covered.

    For more information, see the Course Catalogue.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Doing Research, An Introduction
    Period 1
    6
  • Politics, Power and Governance I
    Period 1
    6
  • What you don’t learn in school
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
  • Law, Justice and Morality
    Period 2
    6
  • Rhetoric
    Period 2
    6
  • Integrative seminar I: Human Rights
    Period 3
    6
  • Economics for a Changing World I
    Period 4
    6
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Period 4
    6
  • Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    Period 5
    6
  • Mind, Behaviour and Society I
    Period 5
    6
  • Integrative seminar II: Solidarity
    Period 6
    6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Law and Behaviour
    Period 1
    6
  • What you don’t learn in school
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
  • Economics for a Changing World II
    Period 2
    6
  • Integrative Seminar III: Security
    Period 3
    6
  • Politics, Power and Governance II
    Period 5
    6
  • Integrative Seminar IV: Societal Challenges
    Period 6
    6
  • Mathematics
    Period 1
    6
  • Organisations and Markets
    Period 2
    6
  • Finance
    Period 4
    6
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
    Period 4
    6
  • Statistics and Probability
    Period 5
    6
  • History of Legal Theory
    Period 1
    6
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
    Period 2
    6
  • Principles of European Contract Law
    Period 4
    6
  • Skills and Research Methods for Law
    Period 4
    6
  • Public International Law
    Period 5
    6
  • International Politics and International Relations
    Period 1
    6
  • Introduction to Public Policy
    Period 2
    6
  • Democracies and Democratisation
    Period 4
    6
  • Skills and Research Methods for Political Science
    Period 4
    6
  • Conflict and Cooperation in Global Politics
    Period 5
    6
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
    Period 1
    6
  • Group Processes
    Period 2
    6
  • Emotions
    Period 4
    6
  • Skills and Research Methods for Psychology
    Period 4
    6
  • Motivation and Cognition
    Period 5
    6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Mind, Behaviour and Society II
    Period 4
    6
  • Research Lab
    Period 4
    6
  • Free-choice electives: PPLE General
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    12
  • Thesis
    Period 5
    Period 6
    12
  • Econometric Analysis
    Period 1
    6
  • Economics of Money and Banking
    Period 1
    6
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
    Period 2
    6
  • Marketing Management
    Period 5
    6
  • Comparative Administrative Law
    Period 1
    6
  • Comparative European Tort Law
    Period 1
    6
  • European Union Law
    Period 2
    6
  • Comparative Criminal Law
    Period 5
    6
  • Authority, Accountability and Legitimacy
    Period 1
    6
  • Political Economy
    Period 1
    6
  • Transnational Governance
    Period 2
    6
  • Political Behaviour
    Period 5
    6
  • Self, Identity and Personality
    Period 1
    6
  • The Psychology of Religion
    Period 1
    6
  • Political Psychology
    Period 2
    6
  • A Critical Look on Psychology's Past and Future
    Period 5
    6
View all PPLE courses in the Course catalogue

Politics

The world of politics has been transforming dramatically over the past 50 years or so. The focus of political science is no longer only the state. Non-state actors (such as NGOs and social movements) have come to play a larger role, new axes of economic and military power have emerged, and the dynamics of inter- and intra-state conflicts have changed. The global order increasingly has to deal with challenges of a truly global nature. Political scientists also increasingly study the linkages between politics on different scales, from the local to the global.

Psychology

The human factor is a critical variable in almost all the complex problems we face today. Psychology, as the study of human behaviour, will help to understand (and change) the role we as humans play in topics such as social inequality, climate change and consumer behaviour.

Law

As a guiding framework for modern societies, law affects people in all domains of life. Interdisciplinary courses in law will help you interpret complex social issues, such as international relations, immigration and European integration, through the lens of the legal system and principles of justice.

Economics and Business

Economic reasoning is crucial to the analysis of the major challenges that the world faces. Policies on, for instance, international trade, economic and social development as well as management of the environment all benefit from a thorough understanding of economic behaviour and the relations between the major stakeholders.

Entrance test

Students who want to major in economics need to successfully pass the economics major entrance test in the spring semester of their first year.