- Class Number 4353
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Stephen Howes
- Stephen Howes
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
- Samuel Hardwick
This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality and sustainability. It introduces students to a range of contemporary debates, frameworks and insights, and it helps students to apply them to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice. Through a mix of lectures, interactive case workshops and the writing of case papers, the course exposes students to the key policy debates of our time, and helps them to improve their analytical and writing skills.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand some of the key challenges facing policymakers using contemporary economic frameworks and debates.
- Use economic ideas, logic and data in a coherent and compelling way.
- Critically and accurately assess, construct and communicate arguments on key economic policy issues.
- Effectively and accurately use and cite sources to support arguments.
A detailed course schedule will be provided in the first week of lectures. The semester is divided up into three blocks. Each block runs for four weeks. The first two weeks are for lectures - the schedule for lectures is given above. The third and fourth weeks are for seminars. Lectures and seminars are on Thursdays, but in weeks 2, 6 and 10 there are also lectures on the Friday. Consultations are on Thursdays and Fridays.
Lecture notes will be provided at the start of the course. These have additional references for students to pursue. Lecture notes should be read before the lectures.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||23/2 (a) Course introduction (b) Introduction to growth (Chs. 2 and 3)|
|2||2/3 (a) Essay writing (b) The political underpinnings of economic growth (Ch. 5)|
|3||3/3 Prosperity and democracy (Ch.6)|
|4||23/3 (a) Introduction to inequality (Ch. 7) (b) Arguments for and against inequality (Chs. 8 and 9)|
|5||30/3 Inequality trends (Ch 10)|
|6||31/3 Redistribution (Ch 11)|
|7||4/5 (a) The environment and growth (Ch 12) (b) Solving international environmental problems (Ch 13)|
|8||11/5 (a) Treaty design and examples (Ch 14)|
|9||12/5 (a) Domestic environmental problems (Ch. 15) (b) Marine plastic pollution|
You will be allocated to a seminar group and a debating team after the first lecture. You will also be allocated to an consultation for the first essay. If your grade is below 60% for the first essay, you will be allocated to a consultation for the second essay. If your grade is below 60% for the second essay, you will be allocated to a consultation for the third essay. You can also voluntarily sign up for the various consultations if you'd like to.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay 1||40 %||29/03/2023||20/04/2023||1-4|
|Essay 2||40 %||10/05/2023||20/05/2023||1-4|
|Case essay 3||40 %||14/06/2023||30/06/2023||1-4|
|Debate and Participation Score||10 %||*||30/06/2023||1-4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation is fundamental to the course, and there are 12 participation tasks throughout the semester as noted above.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
1500 words (excluding 150-word abstract and reference list). Due Wednesday 29 March at 11:55pm. This essay will either be worth 40% if it is better than the second essay or 10% if it is worse than the second essay. Note: the lower essay will only be given a weight of 10% if it is judged that a genuine effort has been made and if the low score is not due to penalties for plagiarism. Otherwise, all three essays will receive equal weight. Essay topics for all three essays will be released in the first week of semester.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
1500 words (excluding 150-word abstract and reference list). Due Wednesday 10 May at 11:55pm. This essay will either be worth 40% if it is better than the first essay or 10% if it is worse than the first essay. Note: the lower essay will only be given a weight of 10% if it is judged that a genuine effort has been made and if the low score is not due to penalties for plagiarism. Otherwise, all three essays will receive equal weight. Essay topics for all three essays will be released in the first week of semester.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Case essay 3
1500 words (excluding 150-word abstract and reference list). Due Wednesday 14 June at 11:55pm. This essay will be worth 40% of your final grade
(unless it is judged you have not made a genuine effort with one of your first two essays, in which case all three essays will carry the same weight). Essay topics for all three essays will be released in the first week of semester.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Debate and Participation Score
Debate Score: Weeks 4, 8 or 12. All students will be randomly allocated to a 3-person or 4-person debating team. They will be required to participate in a debate in either Week 4, 8 or 12. Marks will be based on individual and team performance. More details will be provided in the first week once class numbers are clearer. Performance in the debate will be marked out of 10 grade points.
Participation Score: There are 12 compulsory participation tasks. These include 3 class tests (Seminars 1, 3 and 5), 6 seminar discussions (Seminars 1-6) and up to 3 consultations (related to all three essays). Grades will be allocated as follows: 10 grade points for completion of all 12 tasks; 5 grade points for completion of 11 tasks; 0 grade points for completion of 10 or fewer tasks.
(a) You will be awarded the minimum of your debate and participation score.
(b) All students must attend the first essay consultation. Students who receive less than 60% for their first essay must attend the second consultation. And students who receive less than 60% for their second essay must attend the third consultation. All students are welcome to attend all consultations, but grade points for participation in the second and third seminar will be awarded automatically to all students for whom the second or third consultation is optional for that consultation. Students who are required to or who voluntarily attend a consultation must prepare an abstract and load it to Wattle in advance of their consultation.
(c) The class tests in referencing, citing and summarising will be undertaken during the first, third and fifth seminars. Tests will be graded, but those grades will not count to your final grade. Only participation grades will be awarded for the class tests.
(d) If you are unable to participate in one of the 12 tasks, you must inform your class teacher ahead of time. If the reason is related to work or study, you must provide evidence (e.g. letter from supervisor). If the reason is related to health, you may be required to produce evidence. Common sense will be used in these cases. Permission for non-participation can only provided in advance, except in exceptional cases (emergencies).
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Essays need to be submitted through Wattle.
Penalties relating to lateness of submissions
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted.Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Penalties relating to length
The three essays which students need to write have a word limit of 1500 words. This total includes footnotes, in-text citations, tables, graphs, and appendices, but does not include the list of references at the end of the paper not does it include the abstract (which is required and which has its own limit of 150 words). Students are expected to write to the word limit. Any paper which is longer than 1,650 words or shorter than 1,350 words (that is, 10% shorter or longer) will result in a penalty of 5 percentage points per 50 words (or part thereof) over or under. The penalty is out of the total possible mark, and does not depend on the mark you actually obtain.
Remarks concerning essays
1. The essay must begin with a separate abstract that must be no more than 150 words. The abstract is not included in the essay word count.
2. Requests for extensions on assignments are to be directed to your case workshop leader, not the course convenor.
3. If you are unhappy about the mark you have received, please in the first instance see the person who marked your essay.
4. You must provide the word count for both your abstract and your essay (excluding the abstract and reference list).
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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