Courses & Units

Introduction to Behavioural Economics BEA106


Traditional economics portrays decision making as rational deliberation that computes optimal choices based on well-defined objectives and perfect information. In reality, limited information and cognition as well as certain features of the human psychology often result in decisions that deviate from this assumption. Behavioural economics attempts to explain these deviations using insights and theories from the other social sciences, in particular psychology. This unit introduces students to this intersection of economics and psychology. Its aim is not to be mathematically or theoretically thorough. Rather, it focuses on developing a better understanding of how human psychology affects economic decisions and how such knowledge can be applied to real world business and policy issues, including to nudge.


Unit name Introduction to Behavioural Economics
Unit code BEA106
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics
Coordinator Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe key concepts and methods in behavioural economics and explain their significance in economics.
  • Apply behavioural economic concepts and theories to examine real-world problems in different contexts.
  • Explain and assess the role of behavioural economics in public, social and business policy.
  • Communicate key concepts and applications of behavioural economics clearly and cogently.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

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Teaching Pattern

1 to 1.5 hours of video recording, weekly (running for 12 weeks)

1 x 2 hour workshop, weekly (running for 12 weeks)

AssessmentReflection (30%)|Test (30%)|Analysis (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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