Political Economy


Political Economy focuses on critical inquiry into contemporary economic issues, taking account of their connections with social, political and environmental concerns. Political Economy is an excellent background for a wide range of careers such as journalism and the media, economic research, teaching, public service and management.

Political economists study the relationship between the main players in the economy, like transnational corporations, small businesses, national governments, consumers and trade unions. To get a good understanding of how the economy works, they draw on different currents of economic thought - from the birth of capitalism to the modern globalisation era. They study the sources of economic power and how that power is used to change the lives of millions of people.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

For Honours in Political Economy, each candidate will be assessed in two semester units. Each assessment will yield a percentage mark. Together these assessments count for 40% of the total assessment for the year.
The other 60% of marks is based on a 18,000-20,000 word thesis.

Related subject areas

Economics, Government and International Relations

Our courses that offer this honours subject area