Courses & Units

Behavioural Economics BEA707


This unit provides you with an introduction to behavioural economics. Behavioural economics is a discipline at the intersection of economics and psychology that draws on insights and methods from the social sciences to understand better how people actually make decisions. The aim of this unit is not to be mathematically or theoretically thorough. Rather, it focuses on developing a better understanding of how human psychology affects our decisions and how such knowledge can be applied to real world business and policy issues, including to the nudge agenda. You will also be exposed to methods of enquiry used in behavioural economics, in particular, economic experiments and randomised controlled trials, their real-world applications and the insights they generate. You will develop knowledge and skills to design and conduct such experiments and trials as well as to evaluate newly designed business strategies, public policies and nudge interventions.


Unit name Behavioural Economics
Unit code BEA707
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics
Coordinator Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and reflect on core concepts in behavioural economics and their impact on individual and group decision-making
  • Analyse social and economic challenges in different contexts to propose behavioural solutions using behavioural economics concepts and theories
  • Design interventions based on behavioural solutions, applying behavioural economics methods
  • Communicate evidence-based behavioural solutions to different stakeholder groups

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091901 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,979.00

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Teaching Pattern

Pre-recorded lectures provided online, 4 blocks of 3 lectures per block, up to 1.5 hours per lecture (3-4 videos of approx 20 minutes each)

Interactive workshops (Face to face and via zoom), 4 blocks of 3 hour workshops, 180 minutes per workshop

AssessmentReflective Assignment (30%)|Tests (30%)|Analytical Assignment (40%)
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