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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The Economic Policy major focuses on developing the theoretical economic and statistical skills to be able to effectively understand and implement economic policy. This will provide a framework for the systematic analysis of policy, an understanding of the rationales for government activity in the economy, and a method for comparing the effectiveness of proposed policies using economic tools of analysis.

A focus of the major will include an assessment of the limitation of various economic policies, including their distributional consequences. An emphasis will also be placed on the effective communication of policy analysis.

As a graduate you could pursue a career as a policy analyst, economic commentator or journalist, or advisor in the government or NGO sectors.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers, such as:  

  • Economic journalist
  • Economist
  • Management consultant
  • Policy adviser 
  • Policy analyst


Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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