Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

The Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is designed for those who want to understand human communities and society. The program trains future leaders and professionals to make a difference in all walks of life. Students will learn to integrate knowledge, by focussing on how society can either promote or thwart human flourishing. Philosophy will give the concepts and skills to identify questions and problems, thinking through them clearly and creatively. Studying Politics, students will consider governance, leadership, and the importance of law and policy. Through economics, they will learn to solve a range of problems through economic reasoning. Bringing together these disciplines, graduates will appreciate the central importance of the human person’s quest to lead a good life, working with others toward the common good.

  • Why study this degree?

    The degree will equip students to be attentive to the role of religion within society, and the importance of civil disagreement in the public square. All students have the opportunity to undertake an internship during their degree. The program also includes the option for an accelerated pathway toward a Masters degree, enabling students to complete a Bachelors and a Masters degree within four years.

  • Program summary

    Required courses

    • Logos I (Core)
    • Logos II (Core)
    • Logos III (Core)
    • Introduction to World Politics
    • Economics
    • Ancient Philosophy
    • Policy, Democracy and Governance in Australia
    • Quantitative Methods for Business
    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • Public Policy and Practice: The Business of Government
    • Moral Philosophy
    • Microeconomic Theory and Policy
    • Political Philosophy
    • Macroeconomic Theory and Practice
    • Internship in Philosophy, Politics or Business


    Electives (students will choose from a discipline area to graduate with at least one major, in Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, or Economics)

    Philosophy Electives

    • Philosophy Electives
    • History of Philosophy: Medieval
    • History of Philosophy: Modern
    • History of Philosophy: Contemporary
    • Business Ethics
    • Introduction to Formal Logic
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Epistemology: Ways of Knowing
    • Aquinas: Analytic and Phenomenological Approaches
    • Introduction to Metaphysics
    • Faith and Reason
    • Philosophy of Religion

    Politics and International Relations Electives

    • News and Current Affairs
    • Religion and World Politics
    • Terrorism and Violent Extremism
    • Home and Away: Comparing Political Systems
    • Australian Foreign Policy
    • The Politics and History of Genocide
    • Terrorism and Intelligence
    • Nationalism, Ethnicity and Race
    • The Modern Middle East
    • Strategy, Security and Diplomacy
    • USA Foreign Policy Since 1945

    Economics Electives

    • Intermediate Mathematics for Economics and Finance
    • Advanced Economics
    • Econometrics
    • Topics in Economics
    • The Economics of Financial Crisis

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and
    internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with
    potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    More infomation can be found at Admission requirements.

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  • Fees and costs

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, please call our Prospective Student Officers on
    +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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