Behavioural Science (11240.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra School Of Politics, Economics And Society||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Apply specialised economic and psychology concepts to identify, understand, and analyse behavioural issues; such as habit-formation, cognitive illusions, heuristics and biases;
2. Identify problematic patterns of behaviour, how they relate to standard economics assumptions and how to formulate policy responses;
3. Demonstrate an effective understanding of the experimental method in economics and psychology; and
4. Reflect upon their unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in their professional portfolio.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
Prerequisites11175 Introduction to Economics.
Equivalent units10084 Behavioural Economics.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Dr John Hawkins|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Flexible||Dr John Hawkins|
There is no required textbook. The Canvas site will include readings for each week.
Angner, Erik (2021) A Course in Behavioural Economics, 3nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan.
Students who wish to read more widely on topics could consult the following books, from which the lectures will sometimes draw. (Page/chapter references will refer to the stated editions, but other editions would suffice for most purposes.)
Baddeley, Michelle (2017) Behavioural Economics: A Very Short Introduction, 1st edition, Oxford University Press. (3-day loan from UC Library; can be bought for $17)
Cartwright, Edward (2018) Behavioral Economics, 3rd edition, Routledge. (available online from UC Library)
Chaudhuri, Ananish (2009) Experiments in Economics, 1st edition, Routledge. (available online from UC Library; copy in National Library of Australia)
Dhami, Sanjit (2016) The Foundations of Behavioral Economics, 1st edition, Oxford University Press. (7-day loan from UC Library)
Thaler, Richard & Sunstein, Cass (2009), Nudge, 1st (international) edition, Penguin or (2021 'final' edition). (7-day loan from UC Library; can be bought for $20; available from ACT Library)
Wilkinson, Nick & Klaes, Matthias (2018) An Introduction to Behavioural Economics, Palgrave Macmillan. (7-day loan from UC Library; copy in National Library of Australia)
Required IT skills
Familiarity with the basics of Microsoft Word.
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Work placement, internships or practicums