SPE101. An Introduction to political economy and economics 

This highly successful ten week course (now in its 7th iteration) will help you understand, and evaluate, the diverse ideas that exist in political economy and economics. This course offers a pluralist introduction to economics in that it introduces eight (8) schools of thought, each of which offers a unique and distinctive illumination of economic and social reality:

  • Neoclassical economics
  • Behavioural economics
  • Institutional political economy
  • Post Keynesian political economy
  • Ecological economics
  • Feminist political economy
  • Radical political economy
  • Austrian economics

This is an introductory subject so no previous study of political economy or economics is required to enrol.

The subject next runs in Term 3, 2021, starting the 2nd Week of July. You have the choice of either face to face or online tutorials. Get in touch via the contact page if you would like to be notified when enrolments open.  

SPE 102. Evolution of the World Economy 

Learn about major changes to the world economy from the emergence of capitalism up the present and in the process be introduced to some of major ideas, concepts and debates in political economy and economics. This ten-week course covers the emergence of capitalism, first and second world wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of the USSR, the long boom (1950-73), the stagflation of the mid to late 1970s, the rise of neoliberalism (70’s, 80’s to the present), the rise of Japan, underdevelopment in the Global South, and the Global Financial Crisis. 

The subject next runs in Term 2, 2021 Starting 3rd Week of April. You have the choice of either face to face tutorials or online tutorials.

SPE103. Comparative economic systems

This ten week course is designed for people who have already completed SPE101 An Introduction to Political Economy and Economics and/or SPE102 Modern World Economy, or alternatively have undertaken some prior studies in political economy or economics. 

The first section of the course introduces the theory and concepts of comparative economics. The focus then turn to examining different types of economic systems, including social-democratic (welfare state) capitalism, neoliberal capitalism, command socialism, market socialism and local self-governance systems. Applied case studies include Sweden, Yugoslavia, China and Australia. The final section of the subject looks at both capitalist and socialist economic systems might best adapt themselves to the lessons of the past, and also better respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges of the present. Subject will be taught in fully online mode this time round with tutorials via zoom. 

The subject next runs in Term 3, 2021, starting the 2nd Week of July. The tutorial component of the subject will be conducted via Zoom, but there should also be the option of face to face tutorials in Melbourne (if its is Covid-safe to do so).

SPE104. INtermediate Political Economy

This ten-week course looks at both particular schools of political economy and particular topics within political economy. This subject builds on the subjectSPE101 Introduction to Political Economy (which is an pre-requisite for this subject). The prior undertaking of either (or ideally, both) the subjects SPE102 The World Economy Since 1900 and SPE201 Comparative Economic Systems is also recommended.

Course next runs in Term 4, 2021 starting 1st week of October. The tutorial component of the subject will be conducted via Zoom, but there should also be the option of face to face tutorials in Melbourne (if its is Covid-safe to do so).