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La Trobe University
University Handbook 2013

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Course code/s: LBPPE - Melbourne

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics is a prestigious degree favoured by students with their ambitions tuned towards becoming tomorrow's decision makers and opinion shapers. The premise that guides La Trobe University's PPE degree is the recognition that economic, political and philosophical dimensions lie at the heart of every issue that informs life and work in contemporary society.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are VCE Units 3 & 4 with a study score of 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in English (any) and 25 in mathematics (any). Applicants with comparable qualifications will be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes.  Students may be granted accelerated entry into the PPE program if they have an ATAR score of better than 90 and a study score in VCE mathematics (any) of at least 30.

Degree requirements

Students must complete a course of subjects accumulating at least 360 credit points. The course is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible. Maximum course duration is nine years.

Students should undertake 120 credit points at each year level and must undertake at least 120 credit points at third year level. Variations to this structure are subject to approval by the Director PPE.

Course structure

Students must pass the compulsory and elective subjects listed below.

First year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 PPE Microeconomics 1* ECO1PPA
TE-SEM-1 Critical Thinking PHI1CRT
TE-SEM-1 or

TE-SEM-2

Two of the following three subjects  
  States, Security and International Relations POL1SNS
  Australian Politics: Government and Society POL1AUP
  International Relations and the Global Economy POL1EEH
  One first year LTU elective  

TE-SEM-2

PPE Macroeconomics 1* ECO1PPB
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Philosophical Problems PHI1PPR
  Great Philosophical Ideas PHI1GPI
TE-SEM-2 One first year LTU elective  

* Students enrolling into the PPE under the advanced entry scheme are asked to contact the PPE Director, as they may be eligible to enrol in PPE Microeconomics 2 (ECO2PPA) and PPE Macroeconomics (ECO2PPB).

Note: In choosing two of the three subjects offered in first semester, students are required to complete the third subject in second semester.

The second and third years involve either a balanced/standard course or a choice of one of three specialisations.

PPE Standard second year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  PPE Microeconomics 2 ECO2PPA
  PPE Macroeconomics 2 ECO2PPB
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI2LOG
  Reasoning and Uncertainty PHI2RUN
TE-SEM-1 Political Ideas and Ideologies POL2PID
TE-SEM-1 One second or third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI2ETH
  Human Rights PHI2HUR
TE-SEM-2 History of Modern Political Thought POL2MHP
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year LTU elective  
PPE Standard third year 
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One third year Economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI3LOG
  Reasoning with Uncertainty PHI3RUN
TE-SEM-1 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One third year economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI3ETH
  Human Rights PHI3HUR
TE-SEM-2 Politics of the Twentieth Century (30 cps) POL3HON

PPE Philosophy and Economics Specialisation (post first year)

Second Year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  PPE Microeconomics 2 ECO2PPA
  PPE Macroeconomics 2 ECO2PPB
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI2LOG
  Reasoning with Uncertainty PHI2RUN
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Philosophy of Science PHI2PSA
  Certainty and Subjectivity PHI2CAS
TE-SEM-1 One second or third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Human Rights PHI2HUR
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI2ETH
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year philosophy or economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 Two second or third year LTU electives  
 Third year 
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One third year economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI3LOG
  Reasoning with Uncertainty PHI3RUN
TE-SEM-1 One third year philosophy or economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One third year subject in economics  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI3ETH
  Human Rights PHI3HUR
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Philosophy in the Twentieth Century PHI3TCP
  Language, Meaning and Understanding PHI3LMU
TE-SEM-2 One third year LTU elective  

 PPE Politics and Economics specialisation (post first year)

Second year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  PPE Microeconomics 2 ECO2PPA
  PPE Macroeconomics 2 ECO2PPB
TE-SEM-1 Political Ideas and Ideologies POL2PID
TE-SEM-1 One second or third year politics or economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One second or third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 History of Modern Political Thought POL2MHP
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year politics or economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year LTU elective  
Third year 
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One third year Economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year politics or economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year politics or economics elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One third year Economics elective  
TE-SEM-2 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 Politics of the Twentieth Century (30 cps) POL3HON

PPE Politics and Philosophy specialisation (post first year)

Second year  
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI2LOG
  Reasoning with Uncertainty PHI2RUN
TE-SEM-1 Political Ideas and Ideologies POL2PID
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Philosophy of Science PHI2PSA
  Certainty and Subjectivity PHI2CAE
TE-SEM-1 One second or third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI2ETH
  Human Rights PHI2HUR
TE-SEM-2 History of Modern Political Thought POL2MHP
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year politics or philosophy elective  
TE-SEM-2 One second or third year LTU elective  
Third year
Teaching period Subject title Subject code
TE-SEM-1 One of the following two subjects  
  Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong PHI3ETH
  Human Rights PHI3HUR
TE-SEM-1 One third year politics or philosophy elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year politics or philosophy elective  
TE-SEM-1 One third year LTU elective  
TE-SEM-2 One of the following two subjects  
  Logic: Analytic and Systemic Reasons PHI3LOG
  Reasoning with Uncertainty PHI3RUN
TE-SEM-2 Politics of the Twentieth Century (30 cps) POL3HON
TE-SEM-2 One third year LTU elective