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ECON12-202: Contemporary Macroeconomics Issues


Why are economies unstable? Can globalisation benefit all? How do we achieve a sustainable economy? Does inequality undermine macroeconomic performance?  Macroeconomics provides the tools to understand these and many other questions facing entire economies. Unlike microeconomics which examines the economic actions of individual households, firms or industries, macroeconomics considers the economy as a whole. Understanding and explaining the importance of national income, monetary systems, employment, economic productivity and international trade are all central to this subject. You will also learn to explain and interpret current economic conditions and evaluate the short-term and long-term consequences of various macroeconomic interventions (e.g., tax levels, monetary supply, tariffs). 

Subject details

FacultyBond Business School
Semesters offered
  • September 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Business and Commerce
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Apply macroeconomic principles to interpret the recent movements in key economic indicators of the Australia and other economies.
2. Critically evaluate the key differences between the short-run and long-run impacts of macroeconomic policies.
3. Apply the knowledge of specific issues in macroeconomics pertinent to recent changes to the global economic environment and policy conditions faced by the Australian Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
4. Analyse the significance of Australian economy in relation to the rest of the world and the implications of this interdependence in the balance of payments and exchange rate.


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

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
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018