The first of its kind in Singapore, the new Politics, Law and Economics major will be offered by the SMU School of Social Sciences starting from 2016. This innovative major aims to prepare future leaders and thinkers with a deep understanding of global political and economic transformations and the legal frameworks and contexts within which such changes take place. Students will hone strategic and analytical thinking skills and seek innovative solutions to real world problems.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the major, graduates would be well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle multifaceted jobs in their chosen fields of public service, non-government organisations or industry. Possible jobs include careers in journalism, diplomatic service, foreign affairs, public service, consulting and research, amongst others.
The Bachelor of Social Science’s Politics, Law and Economics major consists of 36 course units, a 10-week internship programme, an 80-hour community service commitment, and a series of 7 Finishing Touch workshops. All areas of the requirements are pursued simultaneously throughout the four years.
THE POLITICS, LAW AND ECONOMICS (PLE) CURRICULUM
ANNEX B: PLE and JD
PLE students only need to read another four more LAW courses from the LLB curriculum (in addition to the PLE core courses) to get the following exemption if they are admitted to the JD programme at SMU within 3 years of undergraduate education: Up to 3 course units (mapped to LAW courses taken previously) would be exempted from the 25 course units of the JD programme, meaning that the PLE student would only need to complete up to 22 course units to graduate with the JD degree. The Grade point of the exempted courses would be computed into the JD GPA. Of the remaining 22 course units for the JD degree, the PLE student will substitute LAW core courses done previously (with a grade of B and above) with LAW electives
Last updated on 17 May 2018 .