• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Economic Seminars for Graduate Program in Economics (ECON8036)

Provides PhD students with experience of formulating a research topic, selecting appropriate staff assistance, writing a research essay, presenting this work in a seminar and, in general, to develop their research skills. It is expected that the research topic chosen by the student will be a first run at defining a subject area for their doctoral dissertation. (This does not commit the student to a particular topic/supervisor). The research essay, which may be built around a survey of several related papers on a topic of the student's choice, is expected to be about fifteen pages in length.

Learning Outcomes

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

To complete the course satisfactorily each student must:
1. Select a research topic. Each student is responsible for selecting a research topic in consultation with the staff in the PhD Graduate Program in Economics (GPE) which meets the approval of the course coordinator.
2. Prepare an abstract of the proposed research essay.  It must clearly indicate:
• the topic to be investigated,
• the approach to be taken, and
• the staff member/s who has/have agreed to oversee the essay.
3. Preliminary draft of the research essay
4. Present the draft of the research essay, along with a discussion of another  student's presentation, at a Workshop.
5. Submit a completed research essay.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Performance in this course is assessed as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  Assessment will be based on the quality of the student's research essay and presentation and their discussion of another student's presentation. The main criterion used in assessing your essay is that you demonstrate evidence of independent and critical thinking at a level likely to lead to a successful PhD thesis. A purely descriptive literature review, for example, will not be regarded as satisfactory. The assessment will be carried out by the course coordinator, in consultation with the GPE staff member overseeing the essay. Failure to achieve a satisfactory assessment in Economics Seminars will generally lead to termination of your PhD enrolment.

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There will be a weekly two hour class.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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