• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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This course is designed to provide or refamiliarise students with basic knowledge required to successfully undertake macroeconomic related courses in the IDEC program, including IDEC8002 Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy and Open Economy, Finance and Development (IDEC8008). As a preparatory course, the class environment will be structured to help students become familiar with the ANU teaching environment, resources available to students, and requirements of formal coursework. An objective of the course is to provide students with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in macroeconomics and help provide a strategy for students to improve on any weaknesses. In-class exercises are an important component of teaching in the course. Student participation in discussion of issues in macroeconomics and study at ANU more broadly is also highly encouraged. The course introduces students to basic topics in macroeconomics and economic growth and provides students with basic analytical tools to understand theoretical concepts and undertake policy analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. understand the difference between macroeconomics and microeconomics and have a basic knowledge of the main schools of thought in macroeconomics;
2. be familiar with important variables in macroeconomics and how these variables have changed over time;
3. understand basic math techniques required for macroeconomic analysis, such as derivatives and differentiation, time derivatives and growth rates, static optimisation, and constrainted optimisation;
4. understand the IS-LM model and have a basic knowledge of how shocks to the economy can be represented by the model and their impact on general equilibrium;
5. understand the AD-AS model and how it builds on the IS-LM model;
6. use the AD-AS model to understand the impact of exogenous shocks, such as fiscal and monetary policy, together with movements in the general price level impact on the real economy;
7. understand the fundamentals of the Solow-Swan Neo-classical growth model and be able to represent the model algebraically and graphically.

Indicative Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment tasks will be used to aid student learning. Feedback will be provided on all tasks. Completion of all tasks is required.

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Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

David Romer. 2006. Advanced Macroeconomics. McGrawHill.Dornbusch, R., Fisher, S. and Startz, R. 1998. Macroeconomics. 7th edn, McGraw-Hill.
Jones, CI 2002, Introduction to Economic Growth, 2nd edn, Norton, New York.


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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6740 09 Jun 2016 08 Jul 2016 08 Jul 2016 15 Jul 2016 In Person N/A

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