• Class Number 6434
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Bob Gregory
    • Darapheak Tin
    • Prof Bob Gregory
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Readings and journal articles for each topic will be available on Wattle throughout the semester.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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 recession be different? Assignment-Essay Due
4 Labour Markets and Recessions, economic hardship, welfare payments.
5 The 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)
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

You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from Week 2 onwards.Interactive workshops will be held weekly (starting from week 2). Tutorials will be available both on campus and via zoom. ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Assignment - Essay 20 % 12/08/2022 01/09/2022 1,2,3,4
Mid-Semester Exam 20 % 22/08/2022 01/09/2022 1,2,3,4
Final Exam 60 % * * 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


Lectures for this course will be delivered live over zoom. Recordings will be available through the Wattle Course page. Tutorials will be on campus and live via zoom. These sessions are discussion-based sessions, and are a blend of in-person and online participation, held weekly for students to ask questions and discuss attempts. Attendance at all teaching events, either in-person or online, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).

More details will be available on the Wattle Course site in O-week.


The course includes both Mid-Semester and Final Exams.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 12/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Assignment - Essay

This assignment is a short essay (2500 to 3000 word limit) . Students will be given the question by Friday 29 July and it will be due Friday 12 August 5pm via Turnitin link in the Wattle Course page. The assignment is worth 20% of the final grade. More details will be available during lectures and on Wattle during week 1.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/09/2022
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 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 (including reading time). You will have up to 15 minutes to upload typed answers via Turnitin link in the Wattle site. The exam essays will cover material from the first four weeks of class. More details will be provided on Wattle by the end of week 3. The mid semester exam will count 20% of the final grade. Late submission will not be accepted.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be conducted on line and held during the ANU 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 (including reading time). You will have up to 15 minutes to upload typed answers via Turnitin link in the Wattle site. 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 60% of the final grade. Late submission will not be accepted.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignment marks and (short) comments will be returned by the date entered above.

Exam scripts can be viewed in line with the Research School of Economics exam viewing procedure.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.

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

Friday 11:00 12:00
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Darapheak Tin

Research Interests

Darapheak Tin

Friday 11:00 12:00
Prof Bob Gregory

Research Interests

Prof Bob Gregory

Friday 11:00 12:00
By Appointment
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