• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Areas of interest Economic Policy, Political Economy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephen Howes
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

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 helps students to apply them to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice on real-world problems. 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use contemporary economic frameworks and ideas to understand some of the key challenges facing policymakers.
  2. Critically and accurately assess, construct, and communicate arguments on key economic policy issues.
  3. Integrate political considerations into policy analysis.
  4. Communicate arguments and evidence in a logical and structured manner.
  5. Effectively and accurately use and cite sources to support arguments.

Other Information

The course involves a mixture of lectures, seminars, and individual consultations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay 1 (max 1,500 words; worth 40% or 10%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Essay 2 (max 1,500 words; worth 40% or 10%) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Essay 3 (max 1,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Debate and participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts

Growth, Inequality and the Environment: An Introduction to Some of the Big Ideas and Debates of our Time by Stephen Howes, Vishesh Agarwal, and Matthew Woolf. This book has grown out of the lecture notes for the course and will be available on Wattle. Hard copies will also be made available to students.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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

*continuing students in nominated programs only. See fee website

International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2242 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3925 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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