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ECOS4202: Advanced Macroeconomic Policy

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit of study aims to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge and skill sets for analysing macroeconomic policy issues and practice in Australia and internationally from both a historical and contemporary perspective. This unit introduces a set of modern macroeconomic models that provide insights into policy debates and can also be used for analysing contemporary government policies. Examples will be drawn from various policies not just within Australia, but also from countries and regions such as the US, Asia, South America and Europe.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ECOS4202
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECOS3902 or ECON4902 or ECON4910 or ECON4915
ECOS3997 or ECON3999 or ECON3998
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Graham White,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final Exam
The final exam will most likely consist of a set of (long-answer) essays
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Seminar Paper
Paper to be presented at one of the seminars and submitted 24 hours prior
25% Multiple weeks 2500
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam Mid-Semester Exam
Will focus on understanding of the theoretical and historical background
25% Week 07
Due date: 08 Apr 2022 at 18:00

Closing date: 08 Apr 2022
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?

Assessment summary

Policy Research Essay

Assessment criteria

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


75 - 84

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty. 


65 - 74

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard as
defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


50 - 64

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day late

Academic integrity

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Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks The basic structure of the unit consists of a set of lectures (weeks 1 - 6) which set out the theoretical and historical background to contemporary macroeconomic policy debates. This is followed by a series of six seminars (weeks 7 - 12) each dealing with a specific macroeconomic policy issue. The final week provides a summing up-lecture/seminar. A more detailed list of lecture and seminar topics together with the required readings is provided in the Canvas site for this unit. Seminar (39 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to regularly attend and participate in all classroom activities. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

A detailed list of lecture and seminar topics as well as the required readings will be provided on the Canvas site for this unit.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Understand the policy institutions and making of macroeconomic policy
  • LO2. Develop key theoretical models for analysing macroeconomic policy
  • LO3. Examine historical policy experiences in Australia and overseas
  • LO4. Critically appraise contemporary policy issues and debates
  • LO5. Develop deeper insights into macro policy and policy formulation for the future

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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