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Canberra School of Politics, Economics & Society

Welcome to the Canberra School of Politics, Economics & Society. Located within the Faculty of Business, Government & Law, we are a small but diverse group of academics teaching and researching in the areas of Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, and National Security.

We offer the only Bachelor of Politics and International Relations in Australia, as well as a Bachelor of Economic and Social Policy with majors in Sociology and Economic Policy. These courses provide students with a strong foundation in the social sciences to prepare them for careers across government, business, and civil society. Students in these courses can extend their studies through an honours year, which includes both course work and thesis components.

Our location in the nation’s capital provides us with strong networks in government and policy-relevant businesses and we draw on these connections to keep our teaching offerings fresh and relevant to today’s students.  

Uniquely within the Faculty of BGL, our School offers a common first year experience for students so that they can get to know other members of their cohort from Australia and beyond, and build cross-disciplinary connections and friendships that have the potential to last into their future careers.

For research students, our staff have a range of expertise and are interested in supervising PhD and Masters by research students across all of the disciplines covered by the School.

Our research analyses the big questions that confront contemporary society and informs public debate. Details of our research can be found by following the links to individual staff pages.


Professor Linda Botterill, FASSA
Head of School