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BX3024 - Economics of Social Policy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Available to all JCU students although it is assumed that those who choose to enrol have a sound understanding of intermediate economic principles.

This subject explores the economics behind social policy, which governments use to raise social and economic welfare. The subject starts exploring economic concepts of measuring (changes in) social welfare. Subsequently, the subject discusses the costs (in terms of taxation) and the gains (in terms of expenditure programs) of social policy, applied to some key areas of social policy including the labour market, education and (public) health care. Understanding the economic rationale behind social policy allows students to better anticipate government decision making regarding social policy, which is an essential skill to any student who is or intends to be involved in social policy development or in employment affected by social policy.

Learning Outcomes

  • interpret theoretical models, concepts and the behaviour of economic agents relevant to social and economic welfare;
  • use theoretical models and concepts regarding the behaviour of economic agents to appraise the costs and benefits of social policy;
  • evaluate, applying concepts discussed in this subject, the possible impact of a chosen policy change on affected economic agents and on social and economic welfare.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (35%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (35%) - Individual
  • Oral > Interview - (30%) - Group.
Prerequisites: BU1003 BU1903 OR EC1005 OR EC1001
EC2003 EC3415 EC5207


Trimester 2, External
Census Date 24-Jun-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Diane Jarvis.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 0 hours
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.