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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Undergraduate degree

Develop critical thinking and communication skills to examine, understand and question how societies govern and determine values.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Are you interested in finding out how power and ethics influence real-world decisions? Study Deakin’s Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and learn how power, ethics, sustainability and economics converge to shape our lives. Built by leading academics and researchers, this course is designed for deep and creative thinkers looking to make an impact on society.

Enhance your career prospects via exciting real-world experiences, including internships, volunteer placements and study tours. Plus, there’s the opportunity to collaborate on team-based industry and community projects, and to take part in our global experiential learning programs.

You’ll understand the nature of public decision-making, explore resource management issues, and get the skills to analyse business problems in line with social justice. This course balances the big picture view of public problems while developing your professional and work skills.

Do you want to examine society as it is and question how it could be?

As a student of politics, philosophy and economics, you’ll focus on three distinct yet complementary disciplines to understand how societies govern and determine values.

Politics

  • Develop written and online communication skills.
  • Explore systems and different forms of government.
  • Examine relationships between countries and cultures.
  • Articulate solutions for real-world political problems.

Philosophy

  • Develop critical thinking and logical rigor skills.
  • Learn how to question assumptions.
  • Explore ethics, justice and moral challenges.

Economics

  • Learn how business, government and consumers shape society.
  • and ask questions about issues from inequality to environmental sustainability.

You’ll graduate job-ready with the knowledge, expertise and practical skills to succeed in a range of roles in government policy, strategy, consulting or business management.

This course is offered both on campus and online in a fully supported and flexible study environment, so you can get ahead with your career journey while also maintaining work, study and personal commitments.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Year

2023 course information

VTAC code
1400311573 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400511573 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
A336
CRICOS code?
111784F Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, students must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 9 credit points of core units
  • 3 credit points of employability sequence units
  • 10 credit points of discipline study units comprising of:
    • 5 credit points of discipline study units chosen from a first discipline stream Politics, Philosophy or Economics
    • 5 credit points of discipline study units chosen from a second discipline stream from Politics, Philosophy or Economics
    • Chosen units must comprise of at least 2 credit points at level 3 in each discipline
  • 2 credit points of elective units chosen from across the University.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3

AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

12

Core and employability units

10

Discipline units

2

Elective units

24

Total

Core Units

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Economic Principles
  • Policy and How It Shapes Us
  • Justice and Equality
  • Ethics in Global Society
  • Growth Inequality and Conflict
  • Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability
  • Employability Sequence

    1 credit point from:

  • Your Future Direction
  • Professional Insight
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Leadership and Transformation
  • Communication and Persuasive Presentation
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Expand Your Experience
  • Plus 1 credit point from:

  • Internship
  • Business for Social Impact
  • Consultancy Experience
  • Entrepreneurship Experience
  • Internship
  • International Consultancy Experience
  • Discipline Study Units

    Philosophy

    • To complete the Philosophy stream, 5 credit points of discipline study units must be chosen including at least 2 credit points at level 3.
  • Love, Sex and Death
  • Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond
  • Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life
  • Freud and Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Art, Film
  • Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Language and Reality

  • Potlics and Policy Studies

    • To complete the Politics stream, 5 credit points of discipline study units must be chosen including at least 2 credit points at level 3.
  • Visions and Values in Politics
  • Government and Politics of the United States
  • The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia
  • Politics of Poverty and Prosperity
  • Policy and How It Shapes Us
  • Europe's Political Transformations
  • Environmental Politics
  • Political Parties and Social Movements

  • Economic Policy

    • To complete the Economic Policy stream, 5 credit points of discipline study units must be chosen including at least 2 credit points at level 3.
  • Management
  • Business Analytics
  • The Global Economy
  • International Trade
  • Business and Climate Change
  • Economic Strategy for Business
  • Global Challenges: Food, Water and Climate
  • Macroeconomics of Open Economies
  • Labour and Health Economics
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds*
      • Online

      *Travel between campuses may be required to complete some of the core and elective units within this course. The Faculty of Business and Law unit offerings (M coded units) may be taught at Waterfront campus and the Faculty of Arts and Education unit offerings (A coded units) will be taught at the Waurn Ponds Campus.  Not all Faculty of Business and Law units are offered on campus in Geelong please refer to the handbook for detailed enrolment modes.

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds*
      • Online

      *Travel between campuses may be required to complete some of the core and elective units within this course. The Faculty of Business and Law unit offerings (M coded units) may be taught at Waterfront campus and the Faculty of Arts and Education unit offerings (A coded units) will be taught at the Waurn Ponds Campus.  Not all Faculty of Business and Law units are offered on campus in Geelong please refer to the handbook for detailed enrolment modes.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Students have the opportunity to undertake preparation for work units and/or internship units as electives in this course.

    Entry requirements

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a VET program, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    ATAR:
    This course uses the ATAR as part of selection or

    This course uses the ATAR as part of selection. The minimum ATAR for this course is [value].

    Location

    Personal statement

    Learn more about the personal statement.

    Supplementary form

    Folio and folio presentation

    Interview

    Audition

    STAT Multiple Choice

    STAT Written English

    CASPer

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International entry requirements page. If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Online studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics will appeal to students with interests across the disciplines involved (BA/BCom/BBus), but who would prefer not to do a combined degree. The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics model offers students a way to complete an interdisciplinary degree with a similar “job-ready” focus to the revised BA, yet with the addition of vocationally focussed economic policy content. A compulsory three credit point Employability sequence, embedded within the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics course across each year level.

    The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics will serve as a standard Bachelor-level platform for pathways to more advanced degrees such as Honours, Masters, or PhD.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduates can confidently enter roles in private enterprise, government and not-for-profit organisations, in a variety of professional roles:

    • media advisor
    • community leader
    • policy officer
    • political advisor
    • engagement officer
    • research assistant
    • government administrator
    • manager
    • project coordinator.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply a broad and coherent knowledge in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics disciplines in academic and professional settings drawing on depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more of PPE disciplines.

    Communication

    Employ highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication to communicate the outcomes of Politics, Philosophy and Economics problem solving and research in academic and professional contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Utilize a range of digital technologies in both academic and professional settings to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information to diverse audiences in the field of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

    Critical thinking

    Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying theories and methodologies to evaluate major political, philosophical and economic issues confronting society.

    Problem solving

    Utilize cognitive, technical, and creative skills to generate solutions to real-world political, philosophical and economic problems through drawing on methodologies from multiple disciplines.

    Self-management

    Act with autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions through a commitment to self-directed learning and professional practice that contributes to solving political, philosophical and economic issues in society.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community in addressing major political, philosophical and economic issues confronting society. 

    Global citizenship

    Engage respectfully with ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in Politics, Philosophy and Economics scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community. 

    Approved by Faculty Board