Political Economy

Coursework

The Political Economy courses introduce candidates to key economic debates in their social context. The approach is pluralist, drawing on competing theories.

We study issues such as globalisation, finance, economic and social policy, development and trade, economic sustainability, labour and migration, regional economies and economic rights.

These degrees are designed to combine effectively with a range of other training and experience – including journalism, business, social and community work and public health. Our students reflect this diversity and bring their perspectives to the debates.

Contact
Dr Bill Dunn
Phone: + 61 2 9036 9175
Email:

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Awards and requirements

The units of study for the course are found on the Political Economy unit of study in this handbook.

Graduate Certificate in Political Economy
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Political Economy are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 6 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 18 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in Political Economy
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Political Economy are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points from core units of study
  • a minimum of 12 credit points from core elective units of study
  • a maximum of 18 credit points from elective units of study

Master of Political Economy
Candidates for the Master of Political Economy are required to complete 72 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study
  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline 1 year 48
Research

Students must have a substantial background in a relevant academic discipline to be eligible to enrol in research degrees in Political Economy.

Contact
Dr Martijn Konings
Phone: +61 2 9351 6982
Email:

Admission Requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.

Awards and requirements

The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (2 units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Political Economy but who do not have an honours degree.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.

The Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Social Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy degrees have the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 – 100,000 which makes an original and significant contribution to the field.