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The economics curriculum in Australian Universities 1980 to 2011

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  • Thornton, Tim B

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This paper examines the recent evolution of the Australian economics curriculum. First, it examines 2011 survey evidence produced by the Economic Society of Australia that shows that the Australian economics profession wishes to see a broadening and updating of what is taught. These findings are then related to an analysis of the curriculum in both 1980 and 2011 to see if the curriculum is moving in the desired direction. It is shown that the curriculum is not moving in the desired direction, becoming narrower, rather than broader. It has also not kept up to date with important advances in economic knowledge. It is argued that there are strong intellectual and practical benefits that would come from remedying this situation.

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  • Thornton, Tim B, 2011. "The economics curriculum in Australian Universities 1980 to 2011," MPRA Paper 39321, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Ross Guest, 2013. "Towards Learning Standards in Economics in Australia," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 32(1), pages 51-66, March.
    2. Prante, Franz J. & Barmucci, Alessandro & Hein, Eckhard & Truger, Achim, 2019. "Interactive macroeconomics: A pluralist simulator," IPE Working Papers 117/2019, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).

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    Keywords

    Curriculum; Economic Pluralism; Political Economy;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General

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