Economics and Public Policy and Global Affairs

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both Economics and Public Policy and Global Affairs, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes from the School of Social Sciences(SSS).
The Economics curriculum offers opportunities to pursue specializations in both the traditional, as well as contemporary areas such as micro- and macro-economics, growth and development, labour economics, financial economics, environmental economics, health economics and behavioural economics.
The Public Policy and Global Affairs curriculum focuses on public administration, public policy, Singapore politics and government, public organisation and management, comparative public administration, government budgeting and financial management, human resource management, international relations, public service ethics, and programme evaluation. The aim is to provide students with a general understanding of and exposure to the field of Public Administration and Public Policy. It complements the relevant curriculum in fields such as Economics by introducing the economics rationales behind policy decisions and policy impact in the context of economics.
Graduates will possess complex problem solving, social perceptiveness and writing skills.  They can develop a career in conducting social research for market research companies or in the public sector, where they can advise decision-makers on relevant programmes, campaigns or policies.
One possible career option is a Political Scientist. Using the critical thinking and analytical skills gained, Political Scientist collect public opinion and election data, look at how the law affects people's daily lives and make insightful predictions about political trends.

Curriculum for AY2020 Intake and after

Major Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER)
Total (AUs)
Prescribed Electives
Final Year Project
GER Core
GER Prescribed Electives
GER Unrestricted Electives
Public Policy and Global Affairs
 *Students may select one or two Final Year Projects, subject to the approval of the host schools. If they select just one, they have to read two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8AUs requirement of the other discipline.

Curriculum for AY2016 & AY2017 Intake  I  AY2018 & AY2019 Intake

I. Economics Curriculum

5 courses: 15AU
HE1001 Microeconomics Principles
HE1002 Macroeconomics Principles 
HE2001 Intermediate Microeconomics 
HE2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
HE2004 Introductory Econometrics OR HE2005 Principles of Econometrics

Prescribed Electives
11 Courses: 36 AUs

1. Minimum two (2) HE1XXX courses [6 AUs] from the following 3 courses:

          • HE1003 Basic Mathematics for Economists and HE1004 Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods
  • HE1003 Basic Mathematics for Economists and HE1005 Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference
2. Six (6) HE2XXX/HE3XXX courses [18 AUs] from the list of PEs below

3. Three (3) HE4XXX courses [12 AUs] from the list of PEs below

Economics Prescribed Electives
HE2006 International Monetary Economics
HE2007 Money and Banking
HE2010 Development Economics
HE2011 Labour Economics & Labour Relations
HE2013 International Trade
HE2015 Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
HE2020 Survey Methods and Sampling Technique
HE2021 Public Economics
HE2022 Industrial Organisation and Business Strategies
HE2023 Housing Economics
HE3001 Mathematical Economics
HE3002 Game Theory & Applications to Social Sciences
HE3003 The Chinese Economy
HE3004 Health Economics
HE3005 Environmental Economics
HE3007 Financial Economics
HE3011 Cost‐Benefit Analysis
HE3013 Urban Economics
HE3014 Economics of Corporate Finance
HE3016 Principles of Mathematics Finance
HE3021 Intermediate Econometrics
HE3022 Econometric Modelling & Forecasting
HE3023 Econometric Analysis of Financial Data
HE3024 Introduction to Applied Economic Policy Research
HE3025 Introduction to Data Analytics
HE4001 Advanced Microeconomics
HE4002 Advanced Macroeconomics
HE4003 Advanced International Finance
HE4004 Behavioural Economics
HE4005 Growth Theory and Empirics
HE4010 Singapore Economy In A Globalized World
HE4011 Current Topics in Economics
HE4013 Experimental Economics
HE4015 Personnel Economics
HE4017 Monetary Economics
HE4018 Finance and Development
HE4020 Econometric Time Series Analysis
HE4021 Advanced Econometrics
HE4022 Empirical Strategy and Programme Evaluation
HE4023 Economics of Organisations and Corporate Management

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Cross-list Courses
These courses are offered by other prorgammes are not only relevant to the study of Economics but also provide breadth from a different perspective. For the list of courses that could be counted towards the Economics curriculum, please click here

 II. Public Policy and Global Affairs Curriculum​

5 courses: 15 AUs
HA1001 Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy
HA1002 Introduction to Political Theory
HA1003 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
HA1011 Politics of Singapore
HA1012 Fundamentals of Politics

Prescribed Electives
10 Courses: 34 AUs

1. Six (6) HA2XXX/HA3XXX courses [18 AUs] from the list of PEs below

2. Four (4) HA4XXX courses [16 AUs] from the list of PEs below

Politics and International Relations

HA2003 Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
HA2004 Theories in International Relations
HA2005 Contemporary Political Theory
HA2015 China in Africa
HA2017 Foreign Policy Analysis
HA2026 Amercian Foreign Policy
HA3004 United States and East Asia
HA3005 Politics of the Developing World
HA3014 Singapore's Foreign Policy
HA3015 Media and Politics
HA3016 China's Foreign Policy
HA3018 Borderless Migration
HA3019 East Asian Security
HA3020 Justice
HA3021 Comparative Politics in Asia
HA3022 The Origins of Modern Political Thought
HA3023 International Security
HA3024 China’s Re-emergence in World Politics
HA3025 The Politics and Practice of International Diplomacy​
HA4001 ASEAN in the 21st Century
HA4012 Challenging Issues in Singapore
HA4013 Advanced Topics in Democratic Theory: Democracy and Division
HA4014 European Union
HA4022 International Politics of the Asia-Pacific
HA4029 Quantitative Approach to International Relations
HA4033 Political Theory and Psychoanalysis
HA4035 Food Politics and Policies
HA4065 The Practice of International Relations
HA4066 War in Film
HA4071 Religion in Plural Societies: Violence, Peace, and Identity


Public Policy and Public Administration
HA2009 The Making of E-government
HA2011 Cost-benefit Analysis in Public Policy
HA2014 Public Organization and Management
HA2020 SocioPolitical Analysis in Public Policy
HA2023 Research Methodology in Social Sciences
HA2024 Statistical Foundations for Public Administration and Policy
HA3007 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy
HA3026 Crisis Leadership and Management
HA4006 Public Leadership 
HA4011 Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future
HA4017 Economic Issues for Public Decision Making
HA4018 Policy Evaluation
HA4019 Methods in Political Theory
HA4025 Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research
HA4026 Selected Topics in Health Care and Ageing
HA4028 Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy
HA4030 Interstate Conflict
HA4031 Human Capital Management in Government
HA4032 What is a City?
HA4034 Causal Inference in Policy Evaluation
HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning
HU2002 Urban Life and Urban Planning

For Course Description, please click here.

Cross-list Courses
These courses are offered by other prorgammes are not only relevant to the study of PPGA but also provide breadth from a different perspective. For the list of courses that could be counted towards the PPGA curriculum, please click here.

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