• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Economics, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Howes
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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The Pacific island region is unique in many ways, and this is reflected in the economies in the region. The geographical disadvantages and governance weaknesses of the region interact with each other and combine to make development a daunting task. While some Pacific islands have become high-income countries, most have not. For none of them is a conventional path to development a likely prospect. This course will expose students to the economic issues facing the Pacific island region, including Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. It will also relate economic performance to underlying political features and challenges. It will explore both the distinctive features of the various Pacific island economies and some of the common challenges they face and strategies they can adopt in relation to migration and aid. Models and topics covered will include the resource curse; aid dependency; migration and development; the economics of remoteness and isolation; clientelism, governance and political determinants of development; and institutional theories of development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced concepts, debates and tools from the economics and political science disciplines to the Pacific island region.
  2. Analyse key topics relating to the Pacific island economies.
  3. Engage in policy debates relating to Pacific island development.
  4. Display an in-depth understanding of key economic and policy challenges facing the Pacific island region.
  5. Demonstrate expertise on the distinctive features of the various Pacific sub-regions and countries.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Essay 1 (1,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Essay 2 (1,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Exam (40) [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

Not required.


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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2024 $4680 Standard Rate
2024 $3720 Grandfathered Rate*

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International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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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
9081 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
9082 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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