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Unit Overview


This unit deals with understanding the role of money in the economy and its interactions with finance and macroeconomics. Topics include money demand and supply; debts and deficits; the determination of interest rates; monetary policy; inflation; exchange rates and international monetary economics; and financial crises.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Financial Economics major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Business Economics; Economics major sequences

Students are able to (1) explain the workings of financial markets and how they interact with the macro-economy; (2) compare and critically discuss the diverse approaches to the theory of monetary economics; (3) outline the roles of central banks in the economy; (4) discuss the relationship between monetary theory and monetary policy; and (5) explain the advantages and disadvantages of debts, deficits and financial crises.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Girish Bahal
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance
or ECOX1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance
Successful completion of
ECON3210 Monetary Economics
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.