2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)



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Total Credit Points:



 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

 Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

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Delivery Mode:

 On-campus (Face-to-face)

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The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (Honours) consists of 50% coursework and 50% research work. The exact composition of the coursework depends on the discipline selected.

For Honours in Politics or Philosophy the coursework is divided into two subjects, each worth 12 credit points (LHA401: The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice, and a discipline related subject in Politics, or Philosophy). For Honours in Economics please see the Discipline Leader, Economics, by the end of your second year..

The research component takes the form of a research thesis (24 credit points) of at least 15,000 words completed under the supervision of an academic employed in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Co-supervision and cross-Faculty supervision may be arranged, with the approval of the Honours Coordinator for Humanities and Social Inquiry.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Independently plan and execute a research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates in-depth understanding and critical analysis of areas in the Humanities and a discipline specific area of Politics, Philosophy or Economics.
  2. Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories.
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions.
  4. Apply an advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to independently plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure

Irrespective of the Honours program chosen, the program consists of coursework (which makes up 50% of the final mark) and a research thesis (which makes up 50% of the final mark).

Areas of Study

An Honours year for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics is available in the following areas:

  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Subject CodeSubject NameCredit Points
Full-time student
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
Discipline Specific Subject (12 credit points)* 12
LHA 480Thesis24
Part-time student
LHA 401The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice12
Discipline Specific Subject (12 credit points)* 12
LHA 48224cp Thesis (part-time component)12
LHA 48224cp Thesis (part-time component)12
*Discipline Specific Subjects
PHIL470Philosophy Honours12
PAIS470Politics and International Studies Honours12

For Honours in Economics, students will complete 12 credit points of discipline specific subjects at 400 level, to be determined in consultation with the Bachelor of Commerce Honours Coordinator.

Please contact the Business Faculty to discuss your study plan.


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page .

Honours Guide and Code of Practice

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Guide provides detailed information on all Honours courses and can be accessed from the LHA Honours Programs page.

Students are advised to refer to the University of Wollongong web site for access to the Code of Practice - Honours.

Grade of Honours

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 in the University’s General Course Rules, i.e. based entirely on performance in 400 level subjects. 

Other Information

Further information is available via email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017