Political Economy

Coursework

The Political Economy degrees introduce candidates to key economic debates in their social, political and institutional contexts. The approach is pluralist, encouraging critical analysis and engagement with a wide range of theories and their applications.

We study issues such as country risk, globalisation, financialisation and fragility, economic and social policies, development and trade, economic and environmental sustainability, labour and migration, regional economies, economic rights and inequality.

Our degrees are designed to encompass and support a range of training and experiences – including journalism, business, government policy, social and community work and public health. Our students and staff reflect this diversity and bring a variety of perspectives to the classroom.

Awards and requirements

The units of study that may be taken for these courses are set out in the Postgraduate Table of Units of Study for the Political Economy subject area.


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
  • an optional specialisation as listed in the unit of study table


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


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 core elective 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

Requirements for completion of degree

AQF Level 7 e.g. a bachelor's degree in a directly relevant field in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Medicine

1.5 years (dependent on the specialisation selected)

72

 

Relevant professional experience 

N/A

N/A

Reduction in requirements may be granted on a case by case basis by Departmental approval up to a maximum of 24 credit points.

AQF Level 8 e.g. 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.

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 (up to 2 units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in a relevant subject area 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 to 100,000 which makes an original and significant contribution to the field.

Contact

Coursework
Dr Susan Schroeder
Phone: +61 2 9351 3666
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Research
Associate Professor Martijn Konings
Phone: +61 2 9351 6982
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