Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences

3 years full time

The Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, offered for the first time in 2010, is a flexible degree with a focus on the study of political, economic and social issues. The program combines in-depth analysis with a broad multi-disciplinary approach to important contemporary political, economic and social problems and policies.

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences in 2008 or 2009 should consult the information on that degree available here.

Students Commencing in 2014
Degree information - Sample pathway

Students Commencing prior to 2014
Degree information - Sample pathway


Students commencing in 2014

Requirements
  1. 144 credit points in total including
  2. A maximum of 60 junior credit points
  3. A minimum of 84 senior credit points in total
  4. A core major in one of the following subject areas: Anthropology / Economics / Government and International Relations / Political Economy / Sociology
  5. A minimum of 12 senior credit points from any two of Economics, Government and International Relations, Political Economy and either Anthropology or Sociology (these units of study must be taken from two subject areas that are different from the core major)

Please note: students commencing in 2014 and beyond must include a minimum of 6 credit points of senior-advanced (3000 level) units of study in their chosen major(s). You must view the unit of study tables in the handbook for the chosen major(s) for further information. Students commencing their degree prior to 2014 you are not necessarily required to complete a senior-advanced unit in the chosen major(s) unless otherwise instructed to do so.

Sample Pathways

Below are two sample degree structure for the Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, which is based on a standard full-time progression over 3 years.

Sample pathway with a core major other than Economics chosen.


            Credit Points
First Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Junior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
junior unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Junior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
junior unit
24
Second Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
Third Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
          Total= 144
             

Sample Pathway with the core major of Economics chosen.

If you intend undertake a major in Economics you will need to select your first year units of study very carefully. An Economics major requires the completion of 24 junior credit points before continuing on to senior units of study.


            Credit Points
First Year S1 ECON1001 Introductory Microeconomics BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
ECMT1010 Business and Economics Stats A
24
S2 ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
ECMT1020 Business and Economics Stats B 24
Second Year S1 ECOS2001 Intermediate Microeconomics BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 ECOS2002 Intermediate macroeconomics Economics Senior Unit Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
Third Year S1 Economics Senior Unit BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 Economics Senior Unit Economics Senior Unit Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
          Total= 144
             

Students enrolled prior to 2014

Requirements
  1. 144 credit points in total including
  2. A maximum of 60 junior credit points
  3. A minimum of 84 senior credit points in total
  4. A core major in one of the following subject areas: Anthropology / Government and International Relations / Political Economy / Sociology
  5. A minimum of 12 senior credit points from any two of Government and International Relations, Political Economy and either Anthropology or Sociology (these units of study must be taken from two subject areas that are different from the core major)
Sample Pathway

            Credit Points
First Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Junior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
junior unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Junior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Junior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Junior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
junior unit
24
Second Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
Third Year S1 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
BPESS Senior
Unit (eg GOVT)
BPESS
Senior Unit (eg. SCLG or ANTH)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
S2 Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Core BPESS
Major Senior Unit
(eg. ECOP)
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
Table A or B elective or 2nd major
Senior Unit
24
          Total= 144
             

Enquiries

For further enquiries on this degree please contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at or by phone on +61 2 9351 6673.

Degree Director
Dr Joy Paton
Email:
Phone: +61 2 9351 6616
Location: Room 461, Merewether H04