• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Robert Breunig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course seeks to enable participants to understand the world views and tool boxes that economists bring to the study of the economy and its role in human activity, to know how to employ the work of economists when specialist knowledge and technique of this kind is called for in public administration and policy, and to appreciate both the strengths and weaknesses of this influential discipline.

Participants will develop an understanding of the merits and the limitations of economics in the collective domain and the ability to use positive ("objective") and normative ("subjective") models to guide efficient and effective government decision-making.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The Nature of Economics, Economic Thinking and Government
  • The Nature of Markets: how do markets work? How well do markets work?
  • Theory of Market Failure: do markets go wrong?
  • Theory of Collective Failure: does government go wrong?
  • Government, Productivity and Growth: how does government influence productivity and growth?
  • Macroeconomics: what determines overall economic activity in an economy?
  • International and Global Economics: how does a national economy link to the world?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to
• Understand the tools and insights that economists bring to the study of human activity, the economy and public policy
• Use basic economic analysis in their work as policy administrators and policy makers
• Draw insight from the economic literature and the work of economists  when called for in public administration and policy-making
• Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the discipline of economics

Indicative Assessment

Five in-class multiple choice exams (10% each); final exam (50%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POGO8016, POGO8060 or POGO8064.

Preliminary Reading

Joshua Gans, Stephen King, Robin Stonecash and N. Gregory Mankiw, Principles of Economics, Thompson, Southbank, Vic, 2003 (second edition)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1338
2014 $3582
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3576
2010 $3570
2009 $3570
2008 $3402
2007 $3132
2006 $3084
2005 $2988
2004 $2412
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3672
2014 $4146
2013 $4140
2012 $4140
2011 $4134
2010 $4134
2009 $4002
2008 $4002
2007 $3864
2006 $3864
2005 $3864
2004 $3864
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3706 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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