Philosophy, Politics and Economics
If you like to think about the problems and complexities of society, then consider this combination of subjects to develop a multidimensional way of seeing things.
You will learn about political institutions and economic systems, while exploring philosophical fundamentals of ethics and technology, and their impact on individuals and the wider public.
- UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Politics and International Studies and the top 250 universities in the world for Economics and Econometrics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- UC has attained national and international visibility for the strength of its political research. Academic staff members are recognised in fields as diverse as democracy, political parties and elections, environmental politics and policy, humanitarian intervention, science and technology policy, Chinese politics, East Asian politics, South East Asian politics, and international security and international relations.
- UC is ranked first in Aotearoa for research in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy (Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua Tertiary Education Commission 2018 PBRF assessment).
- UC operates a consultancy project and internship programme where you will have the opportunity to gain real world experience that enhances the valuable work-ready skills that an Economics degree provides.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics specialisation
UC offers a specialisation in Philosophy, Politics and Economics within the Bachelor of Arts. Specialisations group courses from different subjects into a central theme.
Each year of the degree, you will be able to choose your study focus based on your interests in politics and justice, ethics and morality, and economic systems.
The following courses are required throughout your degree:
These introductory courses are recommended for your first year.
- ECON 207 Intermediate Microeconomics - Households and Government
- POLS 206 Introduction to Public Policy OR POLS 212 Global and International Political Economy
- PHIL 233 Epistemology and Metaphysics OR PHIL 236 Ethics
Plus at least three courses chosen from:
Choose 90 points from the following list. At least 30 points must be selected from two subjects:
Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics will provide you with vital skills for many national and international political institutions eg, the UN, government ministries, parliament, city councils, journalism, law, IT, teaching, business, or analysis.
This specialisation also offers many postgraduate opportunities, such as:
- Graduate Diploma in Journalism
- Master of International Relations and Diplomacy
- Master of Strategic Communication
- Master of Policy and Governance
- plus advanced research in Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, or Economics.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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