Philosophy, Politics and Economics
The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009
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Combining economic thinking, moral philosophy and politics, the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) double major prepares students for employment in professions that deal with a broad scope of political and economic life. You'll identify and evaluate assumptions underpinning philosophical, political and/or economic viewpoints on social and legal topics as well as demonstrate sound research skills and written and oral communication skills.
About the course
- Available 2020 (Bachelor of Arts) or 2021 (Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 12 contact hours in classes, plus at least twice as many hours again for study in your own time
- 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Why study this course
- Study three disciplines, each of which are the culmination of centuries of development
- Be able to look at, and understand, things from different perspectives
- Open up a broad range of interesting opportunities for employment and/or postgraduate study
Students will learn to:
- Integrate philosophical, political and economic ideas
- Independently construct arguments for philosophical positions, political positions and economic positions
- Understand and apply the methods of contemporary philosophy, contemporary politics and contemporary economics
- Identify and evaluate assumptions underpinning philosophical, political and/or economic viewpoints on social and legal topics
- Demonstrate sound research skills and written and oral communication skills
Our undergraduate degrees offer you a range of options, so you can combine subjects to match your career goals with your personal interests.
Put theory into practice
Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.
Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.
Our Business School courses are influenced by the Business School Board, a group of industry leaders who ensure content remains current and students are prepared for their chosen career when entering the workforce as well as giving a key insight into what employers are looking for when hiring graduates.
Strong industry contacts will give you the added advantage of growing quality networks to draw on when you graduate. We have 30+ corporate supporters, who have included ATCO, Bankwest, BDO, BHP, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Macquarie Group, Mitsubishi, UniBank, Woodside and more.
Your degree options
This major is available within the Bachelor of Arts (2020), Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2021) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degrees. This major is a double major which means you undertake more units in this area. You are not able to pair this major with any other major.