Philosophy, Politics and Economics major

The study of politics had its origins in philosophy; and the study of political economy, which we now call economics, had its origins in both philosophy and politics. The philosophers John Locke and David Hume contributed to monetary theory and economic thinking; the commonly acknowledged founder of economics, Adam Smith, was a moral philosopher; and John Stuart Mill contributed to philosophy, politics and economics in roughly equal measure. Welfare economics grew out of philosophical reflection of Sidgwick and Pigou, and, more recently, the intersection between philosophy, politics and economics featured in the work of thinkers like John Rawls and F.A. Hayek. UWA's Philosophy, Politics and Economics double major is a challenging and rigorous program that allows students to consider social and political life through the multidisciplinary perspectives provided by philosophy, politics and economics.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) Integrate Philosophical, Political and Economic Ideas.; (2) independently construct arguments for:
(a) philosophical positions
(b) political positions
(c) economic positions; (3) understand and apply the methods of:
(a) contemporary philosophy
(b) contemporary politics
(c) contemporary economics.; (4) identify and evaluate assumptions underpinning philosophical, political and/or economic viewpoints on social and legal topics; and (5) demonstrate sound research skills and written and oral communication skills.

Degree-specific major

Philosophy, Politics and Economics can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • three Level 1 units
  • five Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
  • two Level 2 complementary units
  • one Level 3 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

This major is available only from 2019 onward, even though some of its units may be available in 2018. The major has a non-conventional structure: three level 1 units (one each from Philosophy, Politics, and Economics); five level 2 units (two each from Philosophy and Economics, and one from Politics); six level 3 units (two each from Philosophy and Politics, one from Economics, and a capstone unit); and four complementary units (two from Law, one from Politics, and one from Economics).

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
S1, SS PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Incompatibility:
PHIL1105 Introduction to Critical Thinking
S1 POLS1101 The Liberal Democratic State
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON2105 Rise of the Global Economy
Prerequisites:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
Incompatibility:
ECON1105 Rise of the Global Economy
S1, SS ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
Prerequisites:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
S2 PHIL2001 Bioethics
Prerequisites:
any level 1 unit in the Bachelor of Arts,
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHIL2201 Social Ethics: Life and Death
S1 PHIL2007 Knowledge and the Justification of Belief
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 unit
S1 POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3320 International Political Economy
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights
Co-requisites:
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict, and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
N/A POLS2211 History of Political Ideas
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS3311 History of Political Ideas

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON3395 Economic Policy
Prerequisites:
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
N/A INTG3001 Integrating Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Prerequisites:
PHIL2007 Knowledge and the Justification of Belief; POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy
and
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ECON3310 History of Economic Ideas
Prerequisites:
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications;
for pre-2012 courses: none
Degree-specific major units
Philosophy—take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A PHIL3002 Aesthetics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility:
PHIL2208 Aesthetics; PHIL2207 Philosophy, Literature and Film
N/A PHIL3003 Moral Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility:
PHIL 2209 Moral Theory
S1 PHIL3005 Continental Philosophy: The Origin and Influence of Phenomenology
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility:
PHIL2225 Continental Philosophy
S1 PHIL3006 Philosophy East and West
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
Incompatibility:
PHIL2231 Philosophy East and West
Degree-specific major units
Politics—take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2, NS ASIA3005 Democratisation in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
SOCS2228 Democratisation in Asia
N/A POLS3323 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2223 Elections, Mass Media and Politics
N/A POLS3327 Contemporary Political Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2227 Contemporary Political Theory
S2 POLS3335 Social Movements and the Politics of Change
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 POLS unit
N/A POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Political Science and International Relations unit
Incompatibility:
POLS2229 States, Welfare and Environmental Policy

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course .

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .