• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Applied Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Firman Kartaadipoetra
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This is a Masters course in modern microeconomic theory. The course covers consumption theory, production theory, theories of the competitive market, general equilibrium theory, and externalities and public goods. Principles will be applied to important policy areas such as tax policy, the role of government, and management of the environment. The course will equip students with the essential tools of microeconomics that will provide a refreshingly new lens to think about big issues such as poverty and inequality, climate change, pandemic response. The tools will also help students understand how decisions made by individuals and businesses in everyday life, including how these economic actors respond to economic policies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of and key concepts in modern microeconomics
  2. Have a critical understanding of the role and key assumptions of economic models used in microeconomic analysis
  3. Understand and apply the key tools for analysing the microeconomics of competitive markets and externalities
  4. Analyse microeconomic problems relating to competitive markets and externalities
  5. Critically apply microeconomic principles to the assessment of public policies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group tutorial problem assignment (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Mid-semester examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final examination (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2021, Intermediate Microeconomics and Applications, 13th edn, Cengage Learning.

Preliminary Reading

Nicholson, W & Snyder, C 2017, Microeconomics: Basic Theory and Extensions 12th edn, Cengage Learning.

Information on additional texts will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge in calculus and optimisation is essential.


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
2023 $4560 Standard Rate
2023 $3600 Grandfathered Rate*

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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
2307 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View
4298 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View

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