• 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, Economic Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof David Stern
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

The course provides training in the economics of natural resource management and an introduction to agricultural economics. The first part of the course introduces the key models and techniques of resource economics and applies them to non-renewable resources such as minerals and energy and renewable resources such as fisheries, forests, and water, as well as the analysis of sustainability. Managing these resources requires optimization across time periods. Students will learn how to develop and numerically solve intertemporal resource allocation models. The second part of the course turns to agricultural economics with a particular focus on developing economies. Topics include technological change, food security, agricultural trade, and the role of agriculture in economic development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and use the key models of resource economics to investigate resource management problems and issues.
  2. Apply numerical methods to solve quantitative resource management problems.
  3. Use microeconomic tools to analyse decision-making in agriculture.
  4. Assess the role of agriculture in international trade and development.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Three Assignments (10% each) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Essay (max 3000 wds) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Final examination (45) [LO 1,3,4]

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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. The course will have a lecture and an interactive session each week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Readings for the course will be available on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate level microeconomics and calculus for economics equivalent to the first year of the MIDEC and MEREC degrees at Crawford, specifically IDEC8015 and IDEC8016.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2023 $4560 Standard Rate
2023 $3600 Grandfathered Rate*

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International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5297 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View
7286 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View

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