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

Graduate Certificate in Political Economy
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Political Economy, students complete a total of four units of study (24 credit points), comprising:

  • at least one core unit of study (6 credit points)
  • up to three elective units (18 credit points) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study.

Graduate Diploma in Political Economy
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Political Economy, students complete a total of six units of study (36 credit points), comprising:

  • at least two core units of study (12 credit points)
  • up to four core elective units (24 credit points) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study
  • up to two elective units (12 credit points) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study.

Master of Political Economy
To be awarded the Master of Political Economy, students complete a total of eight units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • three core units of study (18 credit points)
  • up to five core elective units (6 credit points each) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study
  • up to three elective units (6 credit points each) chosen from the Table of Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study.
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.