The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) provides graduates with a powerful combination of intellectual tools to understand and act in the world.
The PPE draws together the perspectives of three crucial academic disciplines to address contemporary national and global issues, such as justice, inequality and climate change.
Established at Oxford University in 1921, this highly sought-after degree has produced some of the most distinguished political and thought leaders in Australia, the UK and around the world. These include renowned Oxford alumni Malcolm Fraser and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Alongside carefully selected courses from the disciplines of Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics, PPE includes courses designed to enable you to explore the synergies and tensions between them, and to assess their relevance to meeting humanity's most difficult challenges.
Why choose this degree?
This degree offers a distinct methodological suite of courses introducing students to critical techniques and modes of thinking specific to each discipline: politics, philosophy and economics. It will ensure you are capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in your analysis, critique and reflection, are able to embrace innovation, and are able to apply knowledge and skills to unique problems.
Who should choose this degree?
Global leaders who want to make a difference in the world.
- Politics & International Relations
Students completing the PPE are required to complete 144 Units of Credit (UoC), including:
108 UoC of PPE courses which include 18 UoC (3 courses) of integrative PPE courses developed specifically for this program
And at least 30 UoC (5 courses) of nominated courses in each of Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics, including a 24 UoC sequence of methodological courses focussing on fundamental skills and concepts from each of the three disciplines.
- Government agencies (including foreign affairs)
- Political parties and lobby groups
- Public service
- Social activist organisations
The PPE provides you with key leadership skills and a pathway to international student experience. International experience has particular relevance to students seeking careers in NGOs, inter-governmental bodies and other transnational organisations with a focus on global problems such as justice, inequality and climate change.
Students are encouraged to undertake an internship as one of their free electives to assist with developing their careers.
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