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Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Political Economy and Social Policy

ATAR/Course cut-off
77.00
This information is for domestic students.
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Overview

This major develops a multi-disciplinary understanding of the social and economic worlds.

You will learn to apply social scientific models of economic life to issues of employment and social inclusion, gender and the labour market; understand the operation of economic and policy making institutions and patterns of service delivery; and historical, contemporary and future developments in market societies.

Key features

  • Develop independent study and research skills
  • Learn a range of social scientific approaches to economic life and be able to apply these approaches to social policy and applied social research analysis
  • You will learn skills and theories that will allow you to contribute to international, cross-cultural policy development and to shape social interventions.

Degrees offering Political Economy and Social Policy

Minimum course duration

3 years full-time

Location

North Ryde (Sydney)

Suitable for

Those interested in the relationships between economic, social and political issues and the development of policies around these areas.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

What you will study

Degree requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 69
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 39
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 21
Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Social Science
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree.

100 level Credit Points
Required SSC100 Introduction to Social Science 3
200 level Credit Points
Required SOC224 Methods of Social Research 3
Required SSC200 Evaluation, Planning and Policy 3
300 level Credit Points
Required SSC300 C Advanced Social Research Methods 3
Required SOC301 P Internships in Social Research 6

Notes

  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • Units marked with a P are PACE units.

Major requirements

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this major

100 level Credit Points
Required SOC182 Economy and Society 3
Required either ECON110 Macroeconomic Principles
or ECON111 Microeconomic Principles 3
200 level Credit Points
Required SOC223 Social Inequality and Social Policy 3
Required 3cp from ECON203 Microeconomic Analysis
ECON204 Macroeconomic Analysis
ECON214 Applied Macroeconomics
ECON215 Applied Microeconomics
HRM201 Workplace Relations
POL207 Australian Governments and Public Policy
POL255 African Politics and Globalisation
POL283 The Politics of Development Theory and Practice
SOC224 Methods of Social Research
SOC295 Work and Employment 3
300 level Credit Points
Required SOC346 C Profit, Protest, Policy: Changes in Market Society 3
Required POL303 Global Political Economy 3
Required 6cp from ANTH330 Justice and Development
ECON309 Industrial Organisation
ECON311 Macroeconomic Policy
ECON336 Economic Development
ECON356 Evolution of Economic Ideas
ECON359 Environmental Economics
ENVG330 Asia-Pacific Development
PHL351 Social Philosophy
PHL356 Work and the Good Life
SOC322 Human Services in the 21st Century: Care, Gender and Institutions
SOC329 The Public Sphere
SOC350 Activism and Social Change
SOC352 Social Change Placement 6
Total credit points required to satisfy this major 24

Notes

  • Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.

Careers

Career Opportunities

  • advocate
  • journalist
  • local, state or federal government officer
  • policy maker
  • public servant
  • social researcher
  • trade union representative

Employers

  • government
  • consulting firms
  • media
  • multinationals
  • NGOs
  • research institutions
Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie?

Macquarie offers an outstanding learning experience. We are recognised across the country and around the globe for our innovative curriculum and unique campus environment.

Education is about far more than classroom learning. At Macquarie, you'll graduate with outstanding technical skills as well as the ability to think critically and develop personal views. We prepare you for the world beyond university.

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Apply

The major in Political Economy and Social Policy (POE02) is available in more than one degree.

1. Select your UAC Code for your preferred degree:

300107 - North Ryde Campus
300817 - City Campus (major in Media, Culture and Communications only)

Bachelor of Arts

300319

Bachelor of Social Science with the degree of Bachelor of Laws

300304

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws

300253

Bachelor of Business Administration with the degree of Bachelor of Arts

300120

Bachelor of Social Science

300287

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Commerce

300405

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary)

300408

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

300145

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Science

300760

Bachelor of Engineering with the degree of Bachelor of Arts

2. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Applications for Session 1, 2015 opens on 6 August 2014.

Re-admission

Students wishing to return to study at Macquarie University should visit the Previous Macquarie Students webpage, for further information and application procedures. 



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