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A UNIQUE BACHELOR IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS

The study plan for the Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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BACHELOR IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS Study Plan

First year - Freshman

First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
MATHEMATICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
ELEMENTARY LOGIC
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
EUROPEAN LEGAL HISTORY
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Type Core
ECTS 6
WRITING SKILLS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
RESEARCH METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS
Type Core
ECTS 3

Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
MICROECONOMICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
SOCIAL SEMINAR I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
GOVERNMENT AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
HUMANITIES
Type Core
ECTS 6

Second year - Sophomore

First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Type Core
ECTS 3
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
MACROECONOMICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
TECHNOLOGY: DATA INSIGHTS AND VISUALIZATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
SOCIAL SEMINAR II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
LEGAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ECONOMETRICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Third year - JUNIOR

First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
EUROPEAN UNION LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
IE CHALLENGE
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
EPISTEMOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
GAME THEORY AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC ECONOMICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
SOCIAL SEMINAR III
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
MONETARY ECONOMICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE LAW - CIVIL LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
POLITICAL PARTIES AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW AND POLICY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Fourth year - Senior

First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
EXCHANGE / ELECTIVES / INTERNSHIP
Type Elective
ECTS 30

Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ELECTIVES (SPECIALIZATION)
Type Elective
ECTS 18
FINAL PROJECT
Type TFG
ECTS 12

BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS + BACHELOR OF LAWS

PURSUE A DUAL DEGREE IN PPLE AND LAW (LLB)
First Year - First Semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
MATHEMATICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
ELEMENTARY LOGIC
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
EUROPEAN LEGAL HISTORY
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Type Core
ECTS 6
WRITING SKILLS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
RESEARCH METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS
Type Core
ECTS 3

First Year - Second Semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
MICROECONOMICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
SOCIAL SEMINAR I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
HISTORY OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
GOVERNMENT AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
HUMANITIES
Type Core
ECTS 6

Second Year - First Semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Type Core
ECTS 3
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Type Core
ECTS 6
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
MACROECONOMICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Second year - Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
TECHNOLOGY: DATA INSIGHTS AND VISUALIZATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
SOCIAL SEMINAR II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
LEGAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ECONOMETRICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Third year - First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
EUROPEAN UNION LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
IE CHALLENGE
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
EPISTEMOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
GAME THEORY AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Third year - Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
SOCIAL SEMINAR III- DIGITAL FUTURE
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
MONETARY ECONOMICS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE LAW - CIVIL LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
POLITICAL PARTIES AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW AND POLICY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Fourth year - First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
EXCHANGE / ELECTIVES / INTERNSHIP
Type Electives
ECTS 30

Fourth year - Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
TORTS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
COMMERCIAL LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
CRIMINAL LAW I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
HUMAN RIGHTS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
UNPLUGGED IV
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Civil law, family Estate and trust
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
PPLE FINAL PROJECT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 12

Fifth Year - First semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
COMMERCIAL LAW II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
CRIMINAL LAW II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
LITIGATION I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
TAXATION I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PROPERTY LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
LABOUR LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Fifth Year - Second semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
LITIGATION II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
TAXATION II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
UNPLUGGED V
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
LABOUR LAW II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
CONFLICTS AND BUSINESS LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
LLB FINAL PROJECT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 12
Components
Credits
Basic
60
Obligatory
120
Elective
48
Final project
12
Credits needed to graduate
240

*To become a Lawyer, students must complete a fifth year of studies in Laws. Students who choose to complete this fifth year will graduate with two Bachelor Degrees, one in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics and another one in Laws.

Note: This study plan may be subject to change.

Contact the Admissions Department for details and updates

BACHELOR IN PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS Study Plan

FIRST YEAR

Your first year will be a broad introduction to the fundamental concepts of philosophy and the political, legal and economic systems. Throughout the year, you will explore the concepts at the root of these four areas, while considering how they interact with each other to shape societies, governments and organizations. In class, you will take a hands-on approach to solve real-world problems while strengthening your writing and public speaking skills.

SECOND YEAR

Second-year introduces students to more advanced courses in business and law. You will develop a deeper understanding of politics, law and economics through a philosophic perspective, allowing you to make more complex observations regarding how government systems and global organizations operate. Venture further into the world of law by identifying problems and proposing solutions with your multidisciplinary outlook.

Dual Degrees

THIRD YEAR

As you move into your third year in the program, you will start to develop a strategic vision that integrates your law and business studies training. In your business classes, you will explore functionality and how it can be leveraged for success and impact. Third-year students also look at human behavior and cognition in order to consider social structures within human society, as well as different cultures and organizations, you will also study law and ethical issues while developing a philosophical mindset. Throughout the year, you will acquire a strategic and mathematical understanding of conflict and cooperation, which may be used to comprehend decision making techniques and enhance critical thinking skills.

FOURTH YEAR

In the fourth year, you will have another opportunity to select the path you want to follow. You can choose to broaden your knowledge in one of the four concentrations: Politics, Philosophy, Law, or Economics. You will also have a greater say in tailoring your classes to your needs and preferences, allowing you to truly follow your passion. Fourth year students must also develop a Final Degree Project, which will be developed throughout the year, before being presented to a panel of academic judges.

FIFTH YEAR

After completing the PPLE’s four mandatory years, we offer students the opportunity to take part in an additional year to gain a Dual Degree. Students have the option to focus on laws to obtain a Dual Degree in PPLE + Laws. Students taking this option will have to submit an additional final project.

COMPETENCES

GENERAL COMPETENCES

  • Apply abstract reasoning and analytical competences to understand economic, political, social and legal processes and to formulate solutions to complex problems in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Understand social dynamics and be able to advance value proposals for society through institutions and companies.
  • Interpret the dynamics of contemporary societies using social analysis based on the different conceptual repertoires of the degree’s scope.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • Effectively and efficiently apply the concepts, theories and theoretical paradigms provided by the different social sciences and by the humanities that make up the program, using their associated analysis methodologies and tools, from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • Know and understand the main elements of the national, European and international legal systems and be capable of interpreting sources and fundamental legal concepts.
  • Interpret legal texts from an interdisciplinary perspective using legal principles in addition to social, ethical and deontological values and principles as tools to analyze and solve legal issues, using information technologies to search for and obtain legal information (legislation and jurisprudence databases, bibliographies).
  • Understand, interpret and evaluate the legal conditions (legislation, regulation, institutional actors) involved in political, economic and social matters.
  • Manage the legal language and terminology of the different branches of the law with skill and precision so as to draft legal documents in an orderly and understandable manner and to communicate ideas, arguments and legal reasoning both orally and in writing using the appropriate records in each context.
  • Identify and design effective economic policies according to the national context. Anticipate trends and macroeconomic results for countries and regions.
  • Simplify complex economic ideas by using practical language, figures and graphs to communicate them in public and professional forums.
  • Define economic and social issues through the use of quantitative tools (mathematics, statistics and econometrics) and propose solutions, as well as systems for their evaluation, control and monitoring.
  • Understand the social, political, economic and legal context in light of the broad conceptual repertoires of philosophy, framing social analyses within complex ideas of humanity and society.
  • Identify the numerous factors and relevant indicators present in social or organizational problems with precision and depth, through the use of data collection, processing and quantitative and qualitative interpretation.
  • Analyze, contextualize and interpret before finally evaluating public and/or institutional policies in light of the social environment, in order to weigh up their internal coherence, their viability and their social and economic profitability.
  • Know and understand the intervention policies in legal, political, economic or organizational matters in order to support institutional growth and/or social improvement, in line with the political-legal, social and economic-business environment of the context.
  • Integrate legal, economic and political knowledge and analysis with the humanist philosophy.
  • Apply philosophical analysis and critical thinking to moral, political and social issues as well as recognize manifestations of philosophical debate in moral and political practices.
  • Develop a philosophical conceptualization of the current situation.

TRANSVERSAL COMPETENCES

  • Be part of interdisciplinary and multicultural teams with the aim of achieving common goals in a diverse, international context.
  • Identify the main cultural identity traits that characterize today’s world by understanding the main contemporary ideological trends.
  • Behave professionally in accordance with the core principles and ethics of the profession. Manage unforeseen situations by being able to adapt to organizational changes.
  • Use knowledge of the discipline to analyze and evaluate current situations.
  • Form a part of interdisciplinary and multicultural teams to achieve shared goals in a diverse environment.

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PERSONALIZE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER WITH YOUR FINAL PROJECT

IE University’s Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics students recently completed their final project in collaboration with asset management company Gawa Capital. Agustín Vitorica, founder and CEO of the company, speaks to us about his experience of working with the students on this project.

SOLEDAD ATIENZA
VICE DEAN OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IE LAW SCHOOL

"It is a project that we offer to all students to participate in and the Gawa projects consists in developing and doing an economic, political, and legal analysis for a social impact fund. In particular, this year, they chose to do it for a specific cooperative in Colombia."

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AGUSTÍN VITORICA
FOUNDER AND CO-CEO OF GAWA CAPITAL

"The project about agricultural cooperatives in Colombia is going to be very useful for us because it provides background information about the importance and social impact of the cooperative sector, and specifically, they’ve been able to identify one specific investment opportunity for us, which is Colanta."

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ELENA YUSTRES
STUDENT

"This experience it's super useful for our future professional life, since that’s what we’re going to be doing: analyzing opportunities and identifying the things that matter most to us, and sort of analyzing the context and the principal elements of how to make investment decisions."

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RICARDO ÁNGEL
STUDENT

"We are providing Gawa with a real investment opportunity that they can use if they decide to do so, in order for their investors to gain an edge and a profit out of the investment, and for them to make a real social impact through the most important agricultural cooperative in Colombia."

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LEA MATHIES
STUDENT

"The project was a great connection of the areas of our degree because doing our research, we had to combine the three to understand the way the cooperatives work in Colombia and the impact of social investment."

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ALEN TADEVOSYAN
STUDENT

"This project was specifically designed for the students of PPLE, the Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law, & Economics. It entailed cooperation with Gawa Capital, which is an asset management company operating in and located in Madrid."

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THE EDEN FUND STUDENT PROJECT

The EDEN Fund is the first student-created and student-run investment fund in Spain. It replicates the inner workings of a real fund—like any fund on Wall Street—with the objective of educating passionate students through one simple method: giving them responsibility.

EDEN is the brainchild of students Carlo Masera and Santiago Quintana, who got their inspiration from their experience in the IE Investment Club.

Know more about this student project