University Handbook 2019

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Course code/s: LBPPE

Course details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Miriam Bankovsky
Course Code LBPPE
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 071901G
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

PPE Degrees were first established at Oxford University in the 1920’s and they have since become established in leading universities across the world. The rationale for PPE degrees derives from the recognition that the major issues in contemporary society nearly always contain very strong political, philosophical and economic dimensions. PPE degrees have always been a compelling option for those students who seek to become tomorrow’s decision makers and opinion shapers. 

La Trobe’s PPE Degree provides you with a broad and sophisticated knowledge base to analyse policy debates and social challenges. Content includes specialist subjects that integrate politics, philosophy and economics. There is also a focus on developing your capacity to apply a PPE perspective in analysing public policy challenges. PPE students are encouraged to join the student-led PPE Society which regularly holds meetings and high-profile public events. You will also complete a work integrated learning subject in your third year.

There is considerable flexibility to tailor the degree to suit your interests. Along with core and elective subjects from economics, philosophy and politics you also have the option to undertake electives in other disciplines. Accelerated entry is available to strong applicants.

Graduates develop advanced skills in rigorous analysis and communication and these skills are readily transferable between employment settings. Upon graduation you might typically be employed in public policy settings, non-government organisations and state or federal government agencies and departments. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the disciplines of politics, philosophy and economics.
  • Design and evaluate creative solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges using theory, concepts and evidence from the disciplines of politics, philosophy and economics.
  • Gain an appreciation of how other disciplines in the social sciences and commerce contribute to addressing major social, economic and environmental challenges.
  • Engage professionally and communicate effectively with individuals, organisations and communities in a manner that is respectful of their needs, values and capabilities.
  • Understand and apply the main concepts and theories in the disciplines of politics, philosophy and economics (PPE).
  • Develop a full appreciation of the strong interrelationships that exist between the PPE disciplines.
  • Apply a PPE perspective to analyse major issues and debates in public policy and social policy.
  • Appreciate the relationship between PPE and other academic disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences.

LaTrobe Essentials

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurshipand Sustainability Thinking- are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentialswebpage.

Course Requirements

You must complete at least 360 credit points, including 120 credit points at third-year level. The course is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study, although part-time study is also an available option.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (LBPPE) Melbourne 2019

First year

Democracies and Dictatorships Politics, Philosophy and Economics Questions that Matter Economics for a Changing World
POL coded core subject  (15 cps) Recessions, Inflation and Economic Growth PHI coded core choice subject (15 cps) Elective (15 cps)

LTU0AIMis a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOMis a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Ethics and Political Theory POL coded level 2 or 3 core choice (15 cps) PHI coded level 2 or 3 core choice (15 cps) Elective (15 cps)
Contemporary Political Economy Political Ideas and Ideologies PHI coded level 2 or 3 core choice (15 cps) ECO coded level 2 or 3 core choice (15 cps)

Third year

Public Policy and Its Impact Plato and Nietschez: Justice and Rebellion POL coded level 3 core choice (15 cps) ECO, POL or PHI coded level 3 core choice (15 cps)
ECO, POL or PHI coded level 3 core choice (15 cps) ECO coded level 3 core choice (15 cps) Level 3 Elective (15 cps) Level 3 Elective (15 cps)

Note: All OPTION subjects can be taken in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.


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