• 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 Economics, Applied Economics, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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 agriculture. The first part 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 optimisation across time periods. Students will learn how to develop and numerically solve intertemporal resource allocation models. The second part 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 advanced mathematics and 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.
  5. Evaluate and communicate research in agricultural and resource economics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Assignment 2 (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Assignment 3 (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Essay (maximum 3,000 words) (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  5. Final examination (45) [LO 1,3,4]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of microeconomics and calculus equivalent to what would be obtained by completing IDEC8015 and IDEC8016 is assumed.


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