• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Economic Policy, Political Economy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Howes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality and sustainability. It introduces students to a range of contemporary debates, frameworks and insights, and it helps students to apply them to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice. Through a mix of lectures, interactive case workshops and the writing of case papers, the course exposes students to the key policy debates of our time, and helps them to improve their analytical and writing skills. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand some of the key challenges facing policymakers using contemporary economic frameworks and debates.
  2. Use economic ideas, logic and data in a coherent and compelling way.
  3. Critically and accurately assess, construct and communicate arguments on key economic policy issues.
  4. Effectively and accurately use and cite sources to support arguments.

Other Information

The course involves a mixture of lectures, seminars and individual consultations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 1 (1,500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay 2 (1,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay 3 (1,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Oral presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. The course is divided into three blocks of four weeks of length. This varies from year to year, but typically each block consists of about six hours of lectures, four of seminars, and an individual consultation.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Readings will be available on the Wattle course site.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $4440 Standard Rate
2022 $3510 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
2361 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person View
4190 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online View

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