Political Economy for Social Policy and Research
Broadly explore economics’ relationship with policy and social research.Get a run down of relevant economic frameworks. Focus on poverty, sustainability and consumerism. Examine how subsidised services are impacted by economic concerns.
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will learn:
- to understand key concepts and frameworks from economics, economic sociology and political economy
- to apply a political economy analysis to social policy issues
- to use concepts from sociology and political economy to analyse economic issues in terms of inequality, efficiency and sustainability
- to evaluate policy positions and theories from the perspective of political economy.
- Introduction. Key concepts and overview of the unit
- Going for growth: understanding markets
- Economic decision making (and how economists think)
- Poverty and inequality: understanding class
- Reproducing economic life: the role of care and ecology
- Work Society and the Corporation; Economic cycles, recession and understanding crisis
- Managing the economy: the traditional tools of the state
- Re-thinking the state and the market
- Fiscal Crisis and the Welfare State
- Managing markets: the use of competition in social policy
- Case studies of subsidised services
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Admission to the below programs
No special requirements