• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul Wyrwoll
    • Xue (Sarah) Dong
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    Winter Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

The 2024 Pre Sessional Program commencement dates: Summer session - 15 January; Winter session - 17 June

This course forms part of the Pre-sessional Program which prepares students for high performance in their Crawford School degrees.The aim of Economics for Public Policy is to review basic economic concepts so as to prepare students for economic courses that they are required to do as part of degrees in Public Policy, Public Administration, Environmental Management and Development, and Climate Change. Some students may already be familiar with the concepts in this course, while others may be embarking for the first time on economic study. This course ensures that all students are brought to the same level, and focuses on achieving an intuitive understanding of economics as a discipline and achieving an understanding of the basic economic tools used in the analysis of public policy issues.

Topics covered:-

  • Examples of economic research and analysis.
  • Selected economic frameworks and theories.
  • Introduction to mathematical and statistical tools for economics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of economic frameworks.
  2. Develop an intuitive understanding of economics as a discipline.
  3. Undertake economics courses in public policy, administration and environment.
  4. Understand the application of basic economic tools to public policy issues.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Problem Set 1 (33) [LO null]
  2. Problem Set 2 (33) [LO null]
  3. Problem Set 3 (34) [LO null]

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This course is offered in a semi-intensive format over three or four weeks prior to semester start. Workload is approximately 15 hours per week including class time and independent study, with a mixture of pre-recorded lecture and real time tutorial together with readings and working through problem sets.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not required


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

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

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1509 15 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 08 Mar 2024 In Person View
1510 15 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 25 Jan 2024 08 Mar 2024 Online View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6538 17 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 In Person View
6539 17 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 Online View

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