Very many important issues â€“ climate change, healthcare, political participation, taxation and much more besides â€“ have philosophical, political, and economic dimensions. UWA's Philosophy, Politics and Economics extended major is a challenging and rigorous programme which equips students to engage with such issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students receive a thorough grounding in each of the three disciplines, and will examine the ways in which insights from each area of study can fruitfully inform scholarship in the others. Students will also study the intertwined history of philosophy, politics, and economics, and develop invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills essential for success in the modern workplace.
This page is for students in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts prior to 2021 should refer to the Handbook for the original Philosophy, Politics and Economics Major.
Students are able to (1) explain the foundations of philosophy, political science, and economics; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the intertwined history of philosophy, political science, and economics; (3) apply insights from philosophy, politics, and economics to important social questions such as climate change, inequality, and distributive justice; (4) critically review assumptions underpinning philosophical, political and/or economic viewpoints on important social questions such as climate change, inequality, and distributive justice; (5) demonstrate sound research skills and written and oral communication skills; and (6) demonstrate valuable analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Broadening guidelines
All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.
No other major may be taken as part of the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Philosophy, Politics and Economics can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses: