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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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

BPPE
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh

Are you a leader? The Australian National University is a leader too, especially in the fields of philosophy, politics and economics. This progressive and well regarded degree will arm you with the moral, economic and political perspectives you need to make a real impact.

The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics has a strong international component that gives you the opportunity to engage with other leading Universities around the world.

You will develop exceptional problem solving skills and critical and conceptual thinking, all while gaining a passport to some of the world’s most promising careers.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Learning Outcomes

Identify the principal theoretical approaches to the study of PPE, and the relationships between them;

Identify main currents in the three disciplines of PPE and their theoretical bases;

Define, critically discuss and apply:

  1. major philosophical theories and approaches to the evaluation of social institutions;

  2. the methods of economics to the study of political institutions and processes;

  3. the methods of economics to questions within political philosophy;

  4. the assumptions, ‘tools’ and limitations of political economy;

  5. the core arguments and principles of public choice and rational choice theory.

Describe and evaluate how the core arguments and principles of public choice and rational choice theory affect and influence political situations, institutions and complex political processes in liberal democracies;

Recognise and analyse the different actors, processes and stages involved in formulating public policies; and

Analyse practical dilemmas that arise in politics using the theories, approaches and methods of the three main disciplines of PPE.

Admission Requirements

An ATAR of 96 or equivalent International Admission rank.

Applicants are assumed to have achieved a level of knowledge of mathematics comparable to at least a Mathematical Methods major in the ACT or NSW Mathematics or equivalent.

ATAR:
96
QLD Band:
3
International Baccalaureate:
38

Adjustment Factors

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.  Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

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 www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/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
$30,111.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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 Politics, Philosophy and Economics requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000 level courses.

A minimum of 84 units must come from the completion of 2000 and 3000 level courses.

The 144 units must include:

66 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 (6 units)

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic & Financial Models (6 units)

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy (6 units)

PHIL1005 Critical Thinking & Practical Reasoning (6 units)

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations (6 units)

POLS1008 Integrative Seminar 1 (6 units)

PHIL2116 Integrative Seminar 2 (6 units)

POLS3026 Integrative Seminar 3 (6 units)

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences (6 units)

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice (6 units)

 

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

ECON1100 Economics 1 (H)

 

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 (P) (6 units)

ECON2111 Microeconomics 2 (H) (6 units)

 

6 units from the completion of the following list:

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics

ECON2091 The Economy, Politics and the State

ECON3053 Political Economy of Macroeconomic Policy (6 units)

 

A further 12 units from the completion of 2000 and 3000 level courses in any of the three Politics, Philosophy and Economics disciplines:

ECON, PHIL or POLS

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

Students interested in undertaking a fourth Honours year of study should contact the relevant Honours Convenor in their second year of study to discuss eligibility requirements and the choice of later-year courses.

Further information about Honours in Economics can be found on the webpage:

http://studyat.anu.edu.au/programs/3200XBECON;honours.html

Further information about Honours in Philosophy or Political Sciences can be found on the webpage:

http://studyat.anu.edu.au/2011/programs/3100XBARTS;honours.html

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 EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units
POLS1008 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 units PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100;
Year 2 48 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2(P) 6 units OR ECON2111; POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics 6 units OR ECON2091; ECON/PHIL/POLS 2000/3000 level course 6 units POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences 6 units
PHIL2116 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 2 6 units PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units ECON/PHIL/POLS 2000/3000 level course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
POLS3026 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 3 Classic Literature in PPE 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - 4 courses per semester (24 units)
84 units of compulsory courses
12 additional units at 2000/3000 level from the three subject areas:
•    ECON - Economics
•    PHIL - Philosophy
•    POLS - Political Science
Eight Electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
Three years full time - 4 courses per semester (24 units)
84 units of compulsory courses
12 additional units at 2000/3000 level from the three subject areas:
•    ECON - Economics
•    PHIL - Philosophy
•    POLS - Political Science

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics 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 complete 14 compulsory courses and an additional 2 courses from you choice of Economics, Philosophy or Political Science.

You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor Politics, Philosophy and Economics 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 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and International Relations degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take 14  compulsory courses and an additional 2 courses from you choice of Economics, Philosophy or Political Science.

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.
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree program half of the double degree

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 POLS1234.
You must enrol in the following courses:
•    ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1 in First Semester
•    PHIL1004 - Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy in First Semester
•    POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics in First Semester
•    POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts in First Semester
•    ECON1102 - Macroeconomics 1 or ECON1100 - Economics (H) in Second Semester
•    EMET1001 - Foundations of Economics & Financial Models in Second Semester
•    PHIL1005 - Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning in Second Semester
•    POLS1008 - Integrative Seminar 1 in Second Semester

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

There is no major or minor requirement for this degree, however you can use your 48 units of electives to complete a major or minor.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in the 14 compulsory courses and two area courses (from the designated list), you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open.

Study Options

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units
EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100; PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units POLS1008 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 units

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units OR POLS1002; PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units OR ECON1101; Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100; PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units OR POLS1008; Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact students.CASS@anu.edu.au

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