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Special Topics in Economics BEA474



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The goals of this unit are twofold. The first goal is to acquaint students with the methods that economists use by surveying the literature and exploring theories relevant to their topics of interest. We will focus on critical assessments of what is already known and how students could extend and contribute to the knowledge and literature.

The second goal is to promote the writing, exposition, and research communication skills needed to create a compelling brief for or against a particular economic issue. As such, the unit encourages students to engage with the research output of the University by attendance at research seminars. Students will be graded on various skill assessments, including presentations, seminar reports and referee reports.


Unit name Special Topics in Economics
Unit code BEA474
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 student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the importance of theory to academic research in your topic area.
  • Critically evaluate research presentations and incorporate elements of best practices into your own research presentation.
  • Communicate complex research ideas in both oral and written forms.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091901 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Regular meetings between students and the Unit Coordinators.

AssessmentShort seminar report (40%)|Referee report (40%)|Presentation (20%)
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There is no prescribed text for this unit.


Booth, W.C., Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.M. and Williams, J.M., 2016. The Craft of Research. University of Chicago press.

Strunk, W., 2007. The Elements of Style. Penguin.

Berk, J.B., Harvey, C.R. and Hirshleifer, D., 2017. How to write an effective referee report and improve the scientific review process. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31, pp.231-44.

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