Welcome! Your 1st Semester with the Bachelor in Politics, Law and Economics

@Elena Yustres

The PLE program at IEU presents students with a golden opportunity to integrate various fields of study, creating far-reaching ideas that will come together to make our world a better place.

The Bachelor in Politics, Law and Economics uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze our society, allowing students to obtain a holistic view of the current global climate. As we have explained in other posts, this degree is greater than the sum of its parts. In one comprehensive undergraduate degree program, students acquire a unique critical perspective which provides them with a deeper understanding of diverse issues.

At IE University, the PLE program is designed to expose students to a vast array of topics. During the first semester, PLE students take classes in European legal history, mathematics, economics, politics and social analysis. While our European legal history and mathematics classes are shared with students in other degrees, such as the Business Administration and Laws dual degree program, the remaining class were created to meet the needs of PLE students.

Our European legal history class provides us with a general overview of European law in order to better understand current systems. This class is both engaging and informative, thanks in part to the professor’s expertise and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Mathematics classes focus on applying mathematical concepts to real-life political, legal and economic contexts. I believe that this practice-based approach to studying mathematics is hugely beneficial for PLE students as we prepare for our professional careers in the public or private sector.

In Introduction to Economics, students obtain a general overview of the study of economics, while exploring basic economic theory. A strong foundation in these areas will be important for subsequent economics classes in the years to come. Similarly, our politics classes introduce us to the main concepts, methods and topics related to the contemporary study of political science. Finally, our social analysis seminar provides uswith in-depth knowledge of the refugee crisis as we explore its history, current international approaches and institutions designed to face contemporary challenges.

Out of all the subjects explored in the first semester, I think that this last one has been the most powerful. Even though I lacked any kind of knowledge about the topic of the refugee crisis upon starting the class, I enjoyed diving into the course material. Not only have I learned a lot about the ambiguity of international rules and norms, but I have also come to appreciate the power I have, both as a student and as an aspiring professional, to change the world.

The PLE program at IEU presents students with a golden opportunity to integrate various fields of study, creating far-reaching ideas that will come together to make our world a better place.