Jens Harbecke
Jens Harbecke 

The New Master in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Since 2014, Witten/Herdecke University offers a unique Master’s program in “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics” (MA-PPE). For more detailed information, check the program's website. The program is offered in English and it is open to outstanding students from all over the world who are interested in excellent trans-disciplinary education on organizations and institutions in a global perspective.

At the center of the program are three thematic areas: ‘Global Economic Development’, ‘Global Governance’, and ‘Philosophy and Society’. The program prepares the students for leading positions in political and social institutions and in NGOs, for jobs in organization development, for working in politics and economics-related consultancy and in other positions requiring a high degree of analytical competence at the interface between economics and politics. The program also constitutes an excellent basis for entering a Ph.D. program on issues at the interface of economics and political science, political philosophy and philosophy of economics.

The students receive high-quality training to develop an understanding of how economics and politics are embedded in social, political, and cultural affairs, and to become aware of the philosophical and ethical groundings of these. Some of the questions addressed by the program are: How do institutions and organizations shape economic and political processes? What is the role of transnational institutions and organizations in economic and political change? Which functions can informal and social networks fulfill in this context? What are the philosophical foundations of current economics and political science? How can the social contract of national communities be translated into wider international circumstances?

The best possible standards in teaching are offered by Witten/Herdecke University with its unique didactics: Students are encouraged to express their preferences for the designing of the courses, the classes are purposely kept small, and the ratio of professors to student is one of the best in Germany. An integral part of the program is the “Studium fundamentale”, which allows the students to broaden their intellectual horizon through a wide range of courses on history, music, archeology, sociology, art, and literature.

The city of Witten lies within the “Ruhrgebiet”, Germany’s largest urban agglomeration of some eight and a half million citizens. It combines a history of early industrialization with a beautiful landscape consisting of the Ruhr River, lakes, and wooded valleys, offering various sports and leisure opportunities. Its rich cultural life is even outreached by the opportunities in music, theatre, and arts in the directly adjacent cities of Bochum and Dortmund. Its central location allows travelling to the cities of Köln, Bonn, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Berlin within 1 to 4 hours.

Witten/Herdecke admits a limited number of students every semester. Scholarships and the “Inverted Generations Contract” provide opportunities to finance the studies.

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