• Class Number 7533
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Bob Gregory
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course will focus on contemporary policy issues in the Australian economy. The lectures will be delivered by Professor Gregory and experts within the ANU and by visitors drawn from government departments and other universities. The more important topics are taken from the following policy areas; the labour market, welfare, immigration, education and economic growth.

Learning Outcomes

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

By successfully completing the course, students will:

  • have a better understanding of the way to analyze economic policy issues from an economic, social, political and historical perspective;
  • understand how to undertake policy analysis of problems drawn from the Australian economy; how to apply economic theory and use various innovative statistical techniques to judge effectiveness and outcomes of policies;
  • have the ability to organize relevant theory and data to be applied to policy issues;
  • develop better judgement and insight as to the data and theory that should matter in individual policy examples.

Research-Led Teaching

Theory and examples covered in the course are derived from research in the field of economics and epidemiology.

Field Trips

Not relevant

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Readings and journal articles for each topic will be available on Wattle throughout the semester. There is no textbook. This is a course focused on relating current research in working papers and academic journals to contemporary policy issues.


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in this course:

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Covid-19 Health and Economic Outcomes: The evolution of Knowledge, Research and Policy
2 (Continued) Tutorials start
3 Anatomy of Recessions; Will the current Covid 19 led recession be different? Assignment 1 Due
4 Labour Markets and Recessions, economic hardship, welfare payments.
5 Impact of China's Rise on US and Australian Labour Markets Mid Semester Exam
6 (Continued)
7 Productivity, Skill Biased Technological Change, Australian Decline in Full-Time Jobs
8 Women and the Labour Market: Equal Pay, Welfare Responses to Incentives
9 (Continued) Assignment 2 Due
10 Black Lives Matter: Education and Income, Charter Schools, Education Experiments, the Black/White Schooling Gap
11 (Continued)
12 Crime, AI and applications of Machine Learning

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials for this course will be delivered online. You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards. You must enrol in a tutorial using the Wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. Information on tutorial enrolment and participation will be available on the Wattle course site during O-week.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment 1 15 % 12/08/2020 31/08/2020 1,2,3,4
Mid semester exam 20 % 24/08/2019 07/09/2020 1,2,3,4
Assignment 2 15 % 07/10/2020 23/10/2020 1,2,3,4
Final exam 50 % * * 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course is given on-line for the first time.

 In addition there will be on line tutorials in response to student questions and attempts will be made to make this a discussion-based class. There will be consultation sessions for discussion and solutions. More details will be available on the Wattle Course site in O-week.


See Assessment Tasks 2 and 4 above.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 1

The first assignment will be a short essay (2500 to 3000 word limit) . Students will be given the question on Wednesday 30 July and it will be due Wednesday 12 August 5pm via Turnitin. The assignment is worth 25% of the final grade - 50% redeemable against the final exam. More details will be available during lectures and on Wattle during week 1.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Mid semester exam

The Mid Semester Exam will be held on line in week 5. Students will need to complete short essay questions. Two questions will need to be chosen and answered out of a selection of approximately 5 questions. The exam will go for approximately 90 minutes. The exam essays will cover material from the first four weeks of class. More details will be provided on Wattle by end of week 3. The mid semester exam will count 25% of the final grade - 50% redeemable against the final exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 07/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 23/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment 2

The second assignment will be a short essay (2500 to 3000 word limit). Students will be given the question on Wednesday 23rd September (week 7) and it will be due Wednesday 7 October (week 9) 5pm via Turnitin. The assignment is worth 25% of the final grade (not redeemable against the final exam). More details will be available during lectures and on Wattle during week 7.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final exam

The Final Exam will be conducted on line and held during the University Exam block. Students will need to complete short essay questions. Four questions will need to be chosen and answered out of a selection of approximately 10 questions. The exam will go for approximately three hours. The exam essays will cover material from the entire semester (weeks 1-12). More details will be provided on Wattle by end of week 10. The final exam will count 25% of the final grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Bob Gregory

Research Interests

Prof Bob Gregory

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Thursday 16:00 17:00

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