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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the foundations of economics providing the tools to understand and debate the economics that surrounds them. It will familiarise students with key economic concepts which will be grounded in an Australian and an international context. The content is divided into three parts which is similar in sequencing to the ATAR course in Economics:

Part 1. The unit begins with microeconomics, which is divided by topics relating to resources in competitive markets and market structures.

Part 2. The unit subsequently covers core concepts in macroeconomics such as economic growth and international trade.

Part 3. As with the ATAR course in Economics, the final part of the unit concentrates on government policy and the role of government in shaping the economy.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to research and communicate economic matters with clarity in written and verbal form; (2) define key economic concepts and models; (3) describe different types of markets, market interaction and failure; (4) demonstrate the use of economic policy and the role of government in shaping the economy; and (5) demonstrate the impact of economic factors on society and the environment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examinations; (2) assignment; and (3) individual Presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

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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.