Seminar in Economics and Commerce A

Subject ECON10002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1.5- hour seminars per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Students must have permission from the subject coordinator AND must have completed the following subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Prof Robert Dixon


Commerce Student Centre
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ICT Building
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The University of Melbourne

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Subject Overview:

Classical Political Economy and Economic Liberalism

The focus of the subject will be on Classical Political Economy and the inter-play of political and economic ideas. The central figures of this school, Adam Smith, Thomas Robert Malthus, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx, are studied with the purpose of uncovering these ideas and assessing their relevance for the modern world. Particular emphasis is placed on relating the methods, concepts, and conclusions of the classical economists to those of modern mainstream economic theory and contemporary views on the role of the State in economic affairs. Students will be expected to read original works as well as secondary literature.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • read and understand the primary sources referred to in the subject
  • critically evaluate the ideas of the writers referred to in the subject
  • see that economic ideas and social philosophy are inter-related
  • see contemporary economic and political ideas in historical perspective

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%) and assignments, essay and seminar presentations totalling not more than 5000 words (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

G. Buchholz and Martin Feldstein, New Ideas From Dead Economists, Penguin/Plume, 2nd ed 2007 OR Robert Heilbroner, The Worldly Philosophers, Touchstone, 1999.

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; problem solving; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; evaluation of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; team work.

  • Some level of development: statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice; sysnthesis of data and other information; use of computer software; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.


This subject is available to high achieving students who have completed no more than one semester of study at the University of Melbourne and a total of no more than 50 level-1 points. Selection is based on the grade average achieved across these 50 points of study at the University of Melbourne. Students who achieve an H1 average in these 50 points will be guaranteed a place. Students need to apply on line. Please note strict deadlines apply; contact the Faculty for further information.

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