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Bachelor of Economics

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Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Business, Law and Governance

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4, C)

Recommended: Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Economics, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge and innovative thinking necessary for a career as an economist in private and public sector environments.
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to address social and environmental problems in order to develop sustainable economic policy solutions.
  • Demonstrate initiative, judgement, and reflective practice with a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Convey complex economic analyses and information appropriately using clear and fluent written/oral communication.
  • Evaluate and apply ethical, sustainable and social responsibility in professional practice and decision making.
  • Compare and contrast competing economic policy options to make welfare-maximising choices in a resource-constrained environment (i.e. thinking like an economist).
  • Critically analyse characteristics specific to the Tropics and their relevance to economic decision making.
  • Select, analyse and interpret quantitative economic data, using appropriate econometric models/techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of economic thought and the discipline’s current institutional importance across the world.

Course Structure


Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1007:03 Principles of Data Analysis for Business

BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

BU1105:03 Professional and Academic Skills for Business

BU1112:03 Business Law

EC1010:03 Foundations in Microeconomics

EC1020:03 Foundations in Macroeconomics

Level 2

BX2022:03 Macroeconomic Policy

BX2021:03 Managerial Economics

BX2053:03 Workforce Economics and Analytics

BX2122:03 Econometrics and Big Data Analysis

BX2123:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management

BX2032:03 Financial Institutions and Markets

BX2134:03 International Economics

EV2003:03 Introduction to Environmental Economics

Level 3

BX3023:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

BX3024:03 Economics of Social Policy

BX3033:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

BX3124:03 Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy

BX3236:03 International Political Economy

EC3314:03 Applied Econometrics

EC3004:03 History of Economic Thought

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multidisciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project


Select 3 credit points of level 2 or 3 BU or BX subjects




JCU Singapore



Expected time to complete

3 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

Must successfully complete 12 credit points of level 1 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.

This course has a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program culminating in a third year core subject.  Students must successfully complete the prescribed WIL preparation modules and quizzes to be eligible to apply for a WIL capstone subject.

Course includes mandatory fieldwork


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.



Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

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Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable