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New Courses in a New Interdisciplinary Major

Project: 1
Name: Peter Amato, PhD |
Department: English & Philosophy


Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences is expected to add a new BA program in Philosophy, Politics & Economics for fall 2019-20. Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) is a BA program at approximately 50 colleges and universities in the United States and about the same number in the United Kingdom. Begun at Oxford University in the 1920's, this major is practically oriented toward leadership, administration, activism and public policy in their various forms, and a variety of related areas of endeavor and research. Our proposed program combines a core from each of the three departments involved along with selected courses in sociology and recommended History courses as well as two courses specifically offered under the new PPE rubric. These last would be PPE 101 Introduction to PPE and PPE 450 Capstone in PPE. For this summer, in anticipation of welcoming our first PPE students next year, I will be developing the PPE 101 course and materials for the first time and need assistance with this project.

Gained Experience

The student will gain a sense of how the three fields of study complement and enhance one another. If the student is already in one of the fields, this will be a very valuable and often overlooked dimension of study in each field. The student will also peek behind the curtain to see how courses are developed at the college level, which can only enhance their appreciation of the complexity and nuance in pedagogical choices, which will benefit as a student and also as someone who may one day be involved in putting together pedagogical materials either for training or for educational purposes.


A workable syllabus for PPE 101 for the fall.


The fellow will help find out what comparable courses have been and are being offered in the region or nationally and construct a classification of their orientations (more analytical, more theoretical, more quantitative, more qualitative etc.) so that we can discuss which type of introduction might be best for Drexel students given the characteristics of our three programs and the kinds of careers and professions our students are likely to pursue. After we identify the focus or orientation of our course we will then seek out a bibliography. The fellow will read at least some portions of one or two possible main texts, review them from the student perspective and provide feedback from which I can make text selection(s). We will also discuss various kinds of other materials that might be useful like blogs, podcasts, radio programs, films, etc. and forms of assignments that would be valuable and useful.


Locally on campus and/or online.

Possibility to Work Post Fellowship