single degree

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. You will moreover have opportunities 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

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 Politics, Philosophy and Economics, graduates will be able to:

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

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$40,416.00

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 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:

48 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

ECON2101 Microeconomics 2(P)

ECON3056 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 3: Classic Literature in PPE

PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking

PHIL2116 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 2

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics

POLS1008 PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science
 

6 units from completion of the following courses:

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction

PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list, which must also be counted towards completion of any other requirements for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics:

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An introduction to Game Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2105 Political Leadership and Executive Government

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences

POLS2126 Democracy: Its Causes and Consequences

POLS2127 U.S. Politics

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics

POLS3029 Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective

POLS3031 Comparative Judicial Politics

POLS3034 Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems
 

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science

PHIL2080 Logic

PHIL2082 Sex and Death: the Philosophy of Biology

PHIL2113 Global Justice

PHIL2121 Philosophical Logic

PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy

PHIL2124 Philosophy of Cognitive Science

PHIL2125 Rationality and Social Cooperation

PHIL2126 Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice

PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy

ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present

ECHI3008 History of Economic Thought(P)

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

ECON2013 Behavioral Economics

ECON2014 Managerial Economics

ECON2026 Money and Banking

ECON2091 The Economy, Politics and the State

ECON2120 Law and Economics(P)

ECON2141 Strategic Thinking: An introduction to Game Theory

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models

INDG3003 The Indigenous Economy


6 units from the completion of 2000- and 3000-level courses from the following subject areas and courses:

ANIP Australian National Internships Program

ECON Economics

PHIL Philosophy

POLS Political Science

ASIA2090 The Political Economy of Myanmar

POLS3022 Washington DC Internship

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics (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 ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units OR PHIL1008; Elective Course 1000 level course 6 units
POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 6 units PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Elective Course 1000 level course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2(P) 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units CRIM/ECHI/ECON/EMET/INDG list course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 6 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units Non-compulsory Politics list Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Non-compulsory Philosophy list Course 6 units ANIP/ECON/PHIL/POLS 2000/3000 Level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in PPE 6 units CRIM/ECHI/ECON/EMET/INDG list course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

For the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics you will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

You will need to complete:

  • Eight compulsory courses (48 units)
  • One introductory Philosophy course from the designated list (6 units)
  • A minimum of one course from the designated list, which may also be counted towards any other requirement (6 units)
  • Two Political Science courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Philosophy courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • Two Economics courses from the designated list (12 units)
  • One 2000-level or 3000-level course from the designated list (6 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count eight 1000-level courses (48 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four 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.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study 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. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of 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 half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Following compulsory courses:
    • ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1
    • PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking
    • POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics
    • POLS1008 - PPE Integrative Seminar Year 1: Puzzles in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
    • POLS1009 - Research and Writing in Political Science
  • Either PHIL1004 or PHIL1008
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You are not required to take a major or a minor in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree, however you can use your electives to make up a major or a minor.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1002 towards the compulsory courses list and the Political Science major.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details.



Study Options

Study Plan

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