Special Reading Topics in Economics

Subject ECON90052 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars totalling three hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: Either ECON90002 Microeconomics or ECON90003 Macroeconomics and approval of the Department of Economics Postgraduate Program Director
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: A subject of advanced study of topics in economics drawing on recently published articles or books and on-going research of staff and visitors. Details of specific topics to be covered each year will be provided to students a month before the beginning of the semester in which the subject is taught.

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe key themes and issues in a major topic in the area of economics;
  • Generate a bibliography for publications and information on research on that topic;
  • Critically evaluate the significance and research methodologies of the literature on that topic;
  • Develop a synthesis of knowledge from the existing research literature on a major topic in the area of economics;
  • Prepare a written report summarizing the main findings from a review of existing research literature.
Assessment: An essay of 5000 words to be submitted in the second last week of semester (100%)
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision-making
  • Problem solving skills
  • Written communication

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