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.

 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
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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.