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ECOS3035: Economics of Political Institutions

2024 unit information

This unit is an introduction to the emerging field at the intersection between economics and political science. We will study key theoretical ideas and empirical evidence for relationships between politics, economic development, and culture. Students will be encouraged to understand how political agents act in different contexts and under varying degrees of information and constraints. The material will be mostly based on recent academic research and the topics will include modern voting theory and electoral competition, interactions between citizens and the state, corruption, non-democratic politics, media, culture, and conflict.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
[(ECOS2001 or ECOS2901) and (ECOS2002 or ECOS2902)]
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate familiarity with the main models of political economy
  • LO2. Identify the likely outcome arising from the interaction of political agents
  • LO3. Recognise real-world economic situations that can be studied by developed models and predict the likely outcomes
  • LO4. Understand the limitations of various models, distinguish between competing explanations, and critically evaluate competing theories
  • LO5. Participate in public policy discussions arising in political environments
  • LO6. Develop the skills needed to evaluate applied economic research

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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