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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Academic contact

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 (6 units)

ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 (6 units)

ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (6 units)

PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking (6 units)

PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 (6 units)

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 (6 units)

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science (6 units)


6 units from completion of one of the following courses:

PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction (6 units)

PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics (6 units)


6 units from completion of one of the following courses:

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 (6 units)

ECON1100 Economics I (H) (6 units)


12 units from the completion of any 2000 or 3000 level POLS course of which at least 6 units must come from one of the courses on the following list:

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying (6 units)

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis (6 units)

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy (6 units)

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia (6 units)

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions (6 units)

POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences (6 units)

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics (6 units)

POLS3029 Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective (6 units)

POLS3039 Political Leadership and Executive Government (6 units)


12 units from the completion of any 2000 or 3000 level PHIL course of which at least 6 units must come from one of the courses on the following list:

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice (6 units)

PHIL2057 Philosophy of Science (6 units)

PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy (6 units)

PHIL2125 Rationality and Social Cooperation (6 units)

PHIL2126 Science in Society: Ethics, Public Policy and Scientific Practice (6 units)

PHIL2290 Philosophy, AI and Society (6 units)

PHIL3073 Advanced Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy (6 units)

PHIL3075 The Philosophy of Gender: Knowledge, Power, Bodies (6 units)


6 units from the completion of any 2000 or 3000 level ECON or ECHI or EMET course, or from the list:

EMET1001 Foundations of Economic and Financial Models (6 units)

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy (6 units)

INDG3003 The Indigenous Economy (6 units)


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

ECON Economics

PHIL Philosophy

POLS Political Science

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

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 ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units
Year 2 48 units ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 6 units 2000/3000 level Politics list Course 6 units 2000/3000 level Economics course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
PHIL2116 PPE Integration 2 6 units 2000/3000 level Philosophy list Course 6 units 2000/3000 level Politics Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units 2000/3000 level Philosophy Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
ECON3056 PPE Integration 3: Classic Literature in Politics, Philosophy and Economics 6 units 2000/3000 ECON, PHIL, POLS course or ANIP3003 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
94
International Baccalaureate:
36

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites. But assumed knowledge is: ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)/Further Mathematics/Specialist Mathematics (major)/Specialist Methods or NSW: HSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here [https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria]

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please 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
$46,680.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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 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 ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  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; and

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

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 


 

There are a few items to note:

 

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1–single degree Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, example

Semester 1

POLS1002

PHIL1004

ECON1001

Elective

Semester 2

POLS1008

PHIL1005

Elective

Elective

Students starting in Semester 2– single degree Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, example

Semester 2

POLS1008

PHIL1005

Elective

Elective

Semester 1

POLS1002

PHIL1004

ECON1101

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1– double degree Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, example

Semester 1

POLS1002

PHIL1004

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

POLS1008

PHIL1005

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Students starting in Semester 2– double degree Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, example

Semester 2

POLS1008

PHIL1005

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

POLS1002

PHIL1004

Course from other degree

Course from other degree


Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present 6 units Elective Elective
POLS1008 PPE Integration 1 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units PHIL1005 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage

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