Economics Major (Undergraduate)
This subject area is offered by the School of Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Economics is a diverse, fascinating discipline that studies a wide range of issues that shape the broad framework of society - political, social and commercial. The School of Economics has a proud history as one of the most highly ranked centres in economics. The objective of the major in Economics is to equip students for the diverse range of careers which value the key skills of the discipline - understanding economic and social phenomena, analysing economic data, and exploring alternative choices in addressing key challenges. The major builds the training in economics incrementally. It addresses the essentials of the discipline early in the degree, which opens a wide range of choice at senior level. This allows students to shape concentrations in areas of interest - in macroeconomics, or in areas of applied economic policy.
This is a compulsory major option for the Bachelor of Commerce and a Major II option for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) (from 2012). Students in other degrees (including combined) should refer to the their particular degree's resolutions and requirements for the availability of this major in their degree.
Information for Undergraduate Business School students
Requirements for the major
Note. The following information is for Business School students who commenced study in their degree from 2011. Students who commenced prior to 2011 should refer to the information below listed under "Pre-2011 continuing students".
For the award of a major in Economics in a degree offered by the Business School, students complete:
(i) four junior prerequisite units of study (24 credit points), as follows:
* Please Note. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce must complete the BUSS units of study as they are core requirements for their degree.
(ii) two compulsory senior units of study (12 credit points), as follows:
(iii) a minimum of four elective units of study (24 credit points) selected from the following, with at least three at 3000-level (18 credit points):
* Not offered for 2015.
Note: Senior units of study can be used to count towards the requirements of one major only. Senior units cannot be "double counted" towards two majors. For example, ECOS2306 cannot be counted towards both a major in Economics and a major in Management.
Information for Pre-2011 continuing students
The following information is for Pre-2011 continuing students only
Requirements for the Economics major for students who commenced study in their degree before 2011.
Pre-2011 continuing students can choose to follow the requirements for a major as set out above or can follow the requirements for their major as set out in the following downloadable PDFs. Students should also refer to the handbook of the year they commenced study for the exact details of the requirements for their degree and majors.
Availability of this major for Business School degrees
The Economics major is an available option in the following degrees offered by the Business School:
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Commerce and Doctor of Medicine
- Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)
Pre-2011 continuing students enrolled in these former Faculty of Economics and Business degrees can also complete a major or electives in Economics: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; and Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws.