Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences

Three years full-time / Four years full-time with Honours

Political, economic and social science processes underlie the complex spectrum of public affairs and everyday life. The Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences degree gives you the chance to gain intimate knowledge of these core economic, political and social issues, and attain a working understanding of the environments in which they operate.

Our degree combines in-depth inquiry with an interdisciplinary approach to give students a broad appreciation of the major political, economic and social issues and policies of our time. Such a nuanced understanding of these areas is critical for success in a number of professional fields spanning the world of public affairs, government and the corporate sector.

Reflecting the diversity of career paths you may wish to follow, this degree offers the flexibility to at once specialise in a foundational tenet of the social sciences – economic, social or political – while preparing you with a broad-based education through a multitude of potential electives.

This well-rounded program offers you the chance to build upon four foundational subject areas: economics, government and international relations, political economy, and either sociology or anthropology. As the degree progresses you will be able to deepen your knowledge in any of these four core disciplines through a major, which is selected by the program’s third year.

Our degree equips graduates with a strong basis for future public or private employment, as well as entry to a range of postgraduate programs. Specific areas with strong employment prospects include: government and public service, non-government organisations, the corporate sector, management, finance, research, consultancy and current affairs journalism.

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology

This student has decided on a major in sociology but has decided not to pursue a second major. Instead they have selected from a range of subjects they are interested in including politics and, American and European history to give them an understanding of a broader.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 SCLG1001
Junior Unit: Table A
Introduction to Sociology 1
GOVT1101
Junior Unit: Table A
Australian Politics
HSTY1076
Junior Unit: Table A
American History from Lincoln to Obama
INDG1001
Junior Unit: Table A
Introduction to Indigenous Cultures
24
S2 SCLG1002
Junior Unit: Table A
Introduction to Sociology 2
GOVT1104
Junior Unit: Table A
Introduction to Political Science
AMST1001
Junior Unit: Table A
Global America
HSTY1044
Junior Unit: Table A
Twentieth-Century Europe
24
2nd Year S1 SCLG2601
Senior Unit: Table A
Sociological Theory
SCLG2630
Senior Unit: Table A
Economic Sociology
GOVT2617
Senior Unit: Table A
Introduction to Non-Traditional Security
EUST2005
Senior Unit: Table A
Institutions of the European Union
24
S2 SCLG2602
Senior Unit: Table A
Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods
SCLG3601
Senior Unit: Table A
Contemporary Sociological Theory
SCLG2621
Senior Unit: Table A
Power, Politics and Society
USSC2603
Senior Unit: Table A
Americanism and Anti-Americanism
24
3rd Year S1 SCLG2628
Senior Unit: Table A
Surveillance and Society
SCLG2607
Senior Unit: Table A
Social Movements and Protest Politics
SCLG2624
Senior Unit: Table A
Human Rights and Social Protest
HSTY2607
Senior Unit: Table A
Approaches to the Arab Israeli Conflict
24
S2 SCLG3602
Senior Unit: Table A
Sociological Theory and Practice
GOVT2331
Senior Unit: Table A
Social Change and Politics
ENGL2651
Senior Unit: Table A
Transatlantic Negotiations
ENGL2603
Senior Unit: Table A
Imagining America
24
            144
        Sociology Major Breadth  
             

Sample Progression Table

Bachelor of Political Economy and Social Sciences, majoring in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies

This student has chosen to combine their interest in politics, government, human rights and economics with a major in Anthropology and a second major in Indigenous Studies. Their subject choice also allows them to develop strong research skills and to pursue a research project in their final semester of study, preparing them for a graduate role in policy or research in the public or not-for-profit sectors.

Year and
Semester
Units of Study Credit points
1st Year S1 ANTH1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Cultural Difference: An Introduction
GOVT1101
Junior Unit/Table A
Australian Politics
ECOP1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Economics as a Social Science
INDG1001
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Indigenous Cultures
24
S2 ANTH1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Anthropology and the Global
GOVT1104
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Political Science
ECOP1003
Junior Unit/Table A
International Economy and Finance
INDG1002
Junior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Indigenous History
24
2nd Year S1 ANTH2605
Senior Unit/Table A
Aboriginal Australia: Cultural Journeys
GOVT2111
Senior Unit/Table A
Human Rights and Australian Politics
ECOP2011
Senior Unit/Table A
Economic Theories of Modern Capitalism
KOCR2605
Senior Unit/Table A
Speaking Gamilaraay 1
24
S2 ANTH2630
Senior Unit/Table A
Indigenous Australians and Modernity
GOVT2331
Senior Unit/Table A
Social Change and Politics
ECOP2612
Senior Unit/Table A
Economic Policy in Global Context
INDG2002
Senior Unit/Table A
Indigenous Art and Culture
24
3rd Year S1 ANTH3601
Senior Unit/Table A
Contemporary Theory and Anthropology
ANTH2667
Senior Unit/Table A
The Anthropology of Religion
KOCR2612
Senior Unit/Table A
Introduction to Aboriginal Literature
INDG3001
Senior Unit/Table A
Indigenous Studies Methodologies
24
S2 ANTH2631
Senior Unit/Table A
Anthropology Research Skills and Methods
ANTH3602
Senior Unit/Table A
Reading Ethnography
KOCR3607
Senior Unit/Table A
Re-awakening Australian Languages
INDG3002
Senior Unit/Table A
Indigenous Studies Research Project
24
            144
        Anthropology major Indigenous Australian Studies major

 
        Compulsory BPESS units    
 Core major to be chosen from:

SAMPLE DEGREE STRUCTURE

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2
BPESS MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS MAJOR JUNIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP)
BPESS JUNIOR UNIT
(EG. GOVT)
BPESS JUNIOR UNIT
(EG. GOVT)
BPESS SENIOR UNIT
(EG. GOVT)
BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP) BPESS SENIOR UNIT
(EG. GOVT)
BPESS MAJOR SENIOR UNIT (EG. ECOP)
BPESS JUNIOR UNIT
(EG. SCLG OR ANTH)
BPESS JUNIOR UNIT
(EG. SCLG OR ANTH)
BPESS SENIOR UNIT
(EG. SCLG OR ANTH)
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
BPESS SENIOR UNIT
(EG. SCLG OR ANTH)
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR/SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
JUNIOR/SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
TABLE A OR B
SENIOR UNIT
24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS 24 CREDITS

The BPESS core major must be chosen from one of the following subject areas: Anthropology; Economics; Government and International Relations; Political Economy; or Sociology.
BPESS elective options can be chosen from any Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table A or Table B units from other faculties.

Core units of study and semester offerings are subject to change.