Economic Policy in Society - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - (30%-40%) , Invigilated Exam - (35%-50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

To provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the interrelationships between economics, policy and society.

This unit considers the ways in which economic analysis can contribute to the solution of policy issues which concern society, and the interaction between economic and non-economic aspects of such issues.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse policy issues, making reference to relevant contemporary economic principles
  2. Demonstrate analytical thinking through discussion and debate relating to the relationships between policy goals
  3. Evaluate proposed policy changes to assess impact with view to identifying potential gainers and losers
  4. Engage confidently and competently in debate about economic policy in society.
  • Essay — (30%-40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (35%-50%)
  • Research Essay — (20%-30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The nature and goals of policy
3Income distribution
4Infrastructure, technology and growth
5Taxation policy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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