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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to equip students with skills in the communication of economics. Economists view the world through several different lenses. This, in turn, is often a source of disagreement amongst economists and economic policy advisers. Disagreement within the profession often allows non-economists to dismiss or criticise economics and disregard contributions made by economists to economic debates. Fundamentally, economics is a way of thinking. It offers a powerful framework to help identify trade-offs and policy interventions. To engage in economic debate and influence policy makers, it is critical that economists know how to talk about models, present facts and figures, and distinguish facts from opinion. In this unit you will learn how to communicate economics to a wide range of audiences, including policy makers, politicians and other with no training in economics. Students will learn how to write policy briefs, to use visual tools, and to deal with the media. They will gain insight into how effective communication can be used to influence stakeholders and create change. The instruction will be via a series of guest lectures followed by reflection workshops and through several group and individual assignments.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the importance of effectively and professionally communicating economic ideas; (2) explain (write, visual, oral) complex topics in economics in ways that are accessible to non-economists; and (3) use their training in economics to engage in public debates, with the ability to distinguish between and communicate the normative and positive economic elements of the debate.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflection; (2) assignments (Group); and (3) individual communications exercise. 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 Luciana Fiorini
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
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  • 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.