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Bachelor of Political Science

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BPLSC
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science

The Bachelor of Political Science is the only dedicated Political Science degree in Australia. The ANU has some of the world’s finest political scientists, and was the only Australian university to receive a 5 (“well above world class”) in both of the Excellence in Research for Australia’s reports. Located in the national capital, the ANU is the only university with a right to place interns in Australian Parliament House. The Bachelor of Political Science will give you the knowledge, theoretical understandings, and practical skills that underpin a successful career that engages with politics.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Political Science, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of political science to the analysis of interests, ideas, institutions and behaviour and to the evaluation of political phenomena;
  2. Apply a range of research methods to the investigation of political phenomena;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which they operate; and
  4. Communicate and debate both orally and in writing, and work with others, using a variety of media.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
90
QLD Band:
6
International Baccalaureate:
33

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$36,720.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Political Science requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science [new course]

POLS2119 Ideas in Politics

POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of political theory and political philosophy courses from the following list:

PHIL1004 Fundamanetal Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

PHIL2113 Global Justice

PHIL2115 Political Philosophy from Hobbes to Mill

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity

POLS2102 The Political Philosophy of Deception

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of methodology courses from the following list:

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Australian politics courses from the following list:

HIST2227 Australian Political History

POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions

POLS2121 Ideas in Australian Politics

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of comparative politics courses from the following list:

ASIA2065 Comparative Politics (Asia Pacific)

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2104 Media Politics: Political leaders, media moguls, journalists and audiences

POLS2105 Political Leadership and Executive Government

POLS2126 Democracy: Its Causes and Consequences

POLS3029 Multi-Level Governance and Comparative Federalism

POLS3031 Comparative Judicial Politics

 

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 units from completion of area studies courses from the following list:

ASIA2026 The Politics of China

ASIA2031 Japanese Politics

ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea

ASIA2070 Democracy in Southeast Asia

ASIA2109 Politics of South Asia

ASIA2516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

EURO2003 European Union: Policies, Institutions and Challenges

MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security

POLS2025 Politics in Britain

POLS2031 Politics in the Middle East

POLS2055 Pacific Politics

POLS2069 Politics in Russia

POLS2070 Politics in Central Asia

POLS2095 Politics in Latin America

POLS2118 Democracy and Democratization in Latin America

POLS2127 U.S. Politics

POLS3030 Contemporary Politics of Brazil

 

A maximum of 6 units from completion of political economy courses from the following list:

ECON2013 Behavioural Economics: Psychology and Economics

MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East

PHIL2120 Towards a Critique of Political Economy: the Young Marx on Work, Property and Emancipation

POLS2011 Development and Change

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of internship/Vice-Chancellors courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A

ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program Internship B

POLS3022 Washington DC Internship

VCUG2001 Creating Knowledge

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

VCUG3002 Mobilising Research

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Political Science (Honours)

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units POLS2119 Ideas in Politics 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units Any 2000/3000 level Course from listed award rules 6 units ANU Elective 6 units

Single degree

The Bachelor of Political Science requires the completion of 144 units
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
24 units of compulsory courses
A minimum of 12 units of Political Theory and Political Philosophy courses for designated list
A minimum of 12 units of methodology course from designated list
A minimum of 12 units of Australian Politics courses from designated list
A minimum of 12 units of Comparative Politics courses from designated list
A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units of Area Studies courses from designated list
A maximum of 6 units of Political Economy courses from designated list
A maximum of 12 units of Internship/Vice-Chancellors courses from designated list
48 units of Elective Courses from across the ANU



Double degree

The Bachelor of Political Science requires the completion of 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
24 units of compulsory courses
A minimum of 12 units of Political Theory and Political Philosophy courses for designated list
A minimum of 12 units of methodology course from designated list
A minimum of 12 units of Australian Politics courses from designated list
A minimum of 12 units of Comparative Politics courses from designated list
A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units of Area Studies courses from designated list
A maximum of 6 units of Political Economy courses from designated list
A maximum of 12 units of Internship/Vice-Chancellors courses from designated list

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Political Science degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take 4 compulsory courses (24 units), a minimum of two Political Theory and Political Philosophy courses (12 units), a minimum of two Methodology courses (12 units), a minimum of two Australian Politics courses (12 units), a minimum of two Comparative Politics courses (12 units), a minimum of one and a maximum of two Area Studies courses (6-12 units), a maximum of one Political Economy course (6 units), A maximum of two Internship/Vice-Chancellors courses (12 units), and 8 Elective Courses from across the ANU.

Double Degree
In a Bachelor of Political Science degree program you will study a total of 96 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take 4 compulsory courses (24 units), a minimum of two Political Theory and Political Philosophy courses (12 units), a minimum of two Methodology courses (12 units), a minimum of two Australian Politics courses (12 units), a minimum of two Comparative Politics courses (12 units), a minimum of one and a maximum of two Area Studies courses (6-12 units), a maximum of one Political Economy course (6 units), A maximum of two Internship/Vice-Chancellors courses (12 units).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

The Bachelor of Political Science does not have a major or minor requirement, however in a single degree you can complete a major with your elective courses.

Electives

Once you have enrolled in the compulsory courses you can choose elective courses to make up the balance of your courses.

Study Options

Bachelor of Political Science - Single Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units

Bachelor of Political Science - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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