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Unit Overview


This unit provides an overview of the role governments have played in shaping the rise and fall of societies. Arguably one of the key drivers of economic growth and development, conflicts and wars, students analyse the moral and philosophical underpinnings of governments, as well as their most relevant policies, both historically and today. Students then look at the most prevalent areas of government intervention (in Australia and the rest of the world), considering what government policies aim to do and what they do in reality. This unit requires a good amount of reading and students discuss a number of timely questions that have no easy answers. Both theoretical and empirical methods to analyse these questions are discussed and a basic understanding of econometric tools is an advantage when taking this unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Business Economics; Economics; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the rationale for government intervention in a market economy and critically discuss the corresponding (dis)advantages; (2) demonstrate understanding of the broad implications of government policies in the main areas of public policy (education, healthcare, environment, poverty and inequality, and military); (3) articulate a range of policy options based on an understanding of welfare economics and the role of government in a market economy; and (4) demonstrate understanding of the most effective scientific methods to understand the roots of prevalent public policy concerns.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignment; and (3) tests. 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)
Simon Chang
Unit rules
ECON2233 Microeconomics: Policy and Applications
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.