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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an overview of contemporary political economy. The major schools of political economy are examined and then used as means to understand particularly challenges and issues that confront the contemporary world. The challenges surveyed include poverty, inequality, unemployment, economic downturn and environmental sustainability. The issues covered include trade, investment, and the appropriate role for the state in the economy and society. Students are given the opportunity of choosing a particular school of political economy as a means to better understand a particular challenge/issue that is relevant to their particular interests and disciplinary specialisation(s). The subject offers a pluralist introduction to the study of economic phenomena from a social science perspective and is relevant to students in the social sciences, health sciences and business. POL5CPE is delivered online, however it should be noted that students have the choice of attending the weekly tutorial face to face or via the internet. Weekly consultation is also available either in-person (at Bundoora Campus) or remotely via Skype.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

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Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesAssessed and developed via research essay, tutorial presentation and final exam.

Capstone subjectNo

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Work-based learningNo

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Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Gain an understanding of the major schools of modern political economy with an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of each school
02. Apply the approach of a particular school to understand an applied problem (assessed via research essay and tutorial presentation)
03. Demonstrate an awareness of how political economy is related to other academic disciplines

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