Advanced Macroeconomics

Subject ECON40002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Four hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission into BH-COM or BH-ARTS (Economics) and

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject presents recent developments in macroeconomics. There will be a mix of theory and applications. The main theories to be covered may include overlapping generations models, dynamic optimisation, real business cycle theory, intertemporal open economy models and the theory of economic growth. Various theories will be illustrated using examples drawn from domestic and international policy issues, as appropriate.

  • Explain how macroeconomic researchers identify issues in macroeconomics that are important research topics
  • Explain some of the techniques used by macroeconomic researchers to create knowledge;
  • Evaluate the contribution of some recently created knowledge in macroeconomics;
  • Synthesise some of the recently created knowledge in macroeconomics;
  • Apply macroeconomic theory to analyse the potential of macroeconomic policy to improve economic welfare;
  • Collaborate with others to present the content of a recent article on macroeconomics from a professional journal;
  • Analyse macroeconomic material presented by the lecturer and other students;
  • Explain contemporary issues in macroeconomics;
  • Describe the role and limitations of government in improving individual welfare.
  • A 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • Class assignments totalling not more than 2000 words (15%) due in Weeks 2, 4, 7, 10
  • A Group Presentation (15%) in one of Weeks 3, 5, 9, 11
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:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; collaborative learning; team work; application of theory to practice; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information.

  • Moderate level of development: problem solving; interpretation and analysis; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Some level of development: statistical reasoning; use of computer software.

Related Course(s): Master of Economics
Postgraduate Diploma In Economics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Economics

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