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ECON12-202: Contemporary Macroeconomics Issues


This subject examines the behaviour of aggregate economic variables like GDP, interest, inflation, exchange and unemployment rates and studies the aggregate demand and supply. Topics include fiscal and monetary policies, budget surplus and deficit, foreign trade and balance of payments and the determination of exchange rates. The subject applies macroeconomic principles to the firm’s problem of predicting changes in its macroeconomic environment. We will develop some theoretical models that will help to understand how key economic variables in the economy are determined and how different types of government policies work. We will review and analyse different macroeconomic issues and events from the perspective of the business community as well as government policy-makers, including: business cycles and growth, interest rates and exchange rates, causes of trade deficits, consequences of government deficits, and short- and long-term effects of monetary policy. To achieve these objectives we will acquaint yourself with the set of tools - terminology, methodology, and the way of thinking - of an economist and practice using these.

Subject details

FacultyBond Business School
Semesters offered
  • January 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2018 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Business and Commerce
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2017: $4,205
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247

Learning outcomes

1. Understand elements of macroeconimic theory and its applications to policy debates.
2. Understand certain specific issues in macroeconomics pertinent to recent changes in the global economic environment  and policy considerations faced by the Australian Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).


Students must have successfully completed ECON11-100 Principles of Economics or equivalent prior to undertaking ECON12-202.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Enrolment opens13/11/2016
Semester start16/01/2017
Subject start16/01/2017
Cancellation 1?30/01/2017
Cancellation 2?06/02/2017
Last enrolment29/01/2017
Last withdrawal?10/02/2017
Teaching census?10/02/2017
Enrolment opens19/03/2017
Semester start15/05/2017
Subject start15/05/2017
Cancellation 1?29/05/2017
Cancellation 2?05/06/2017
Last enrolment28/05/2017
Last withdrawal?09/06/2017
Teaching census?09/06/2017
Enrolment opens16/07/2017
Semester start11/09/2017
Subject start11/09/2017
Cancellation 1?25/09/2017
Cancellation 2?02/10/2017
Last enrolment24/09/2017
Last withdrawal?06/10/2017
Teaching census?06/10/2017
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018