Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Economics
    • Part 1: Demand, Supply and Elasticity
    • Part 2: Consuming and Producing
    • Part 1: The Competitive Firm
    • Part 2: Market Structures
    • Externalities, public goods and the public sector
    • Macroeconomic issues and economic growth
    • Business cycles and Aggregate Demand
    • International Trade
    • International Finance
    • Macroeconomic policy (1)
    • Macroeconomic policy (2)
    • Macroeconomic policy and revision
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate economic information and policy through the application of key theoretical models which underlie contemporary economic analysis
  2. formulate critical policy questions for research, analysis and evaluation drawing on established theory and using publicity accessible economic data, commentary and academic literature
  3. communicate and effectively interpret economic information and arguments in a manner appropriate to the audience
  4. investigate and analyse the importance of economic institutions in a country other than Australia and critically evaluate their implications for economic policy and business practises.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (45%)
  • Assignment 2 - Test (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Analysis Task — Contemporary Analysis (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to apply economic theory in the analysis and critique of business decisions and government policy, discuss sources of business cycle fluctuations and critique various stabilisation alternatives and access and interpret current economic statistics and debate key economic and political aspects of globalisation.

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