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University of Queensland


University of Queensland via edX Professional Certificate


If you have ever wondered what all those economic news and statistics mean to you, how policy changes by the government and central bank may affect your living standard, job or investment, and why things happened in countries far away can still find their way to impact on you here, this is the program for you!

This is an introductory program in Macroeconomics. It focuses on explaining many macroeconomic phenomena that we either observed first hand or heard indirectly from the media. The program considers long-term economic growth in developed and developing economies. You’ll also learn why a national (or global) economy experiences short-term cycles in activity (e.g., recessions and recoveries) around its long-term growth trend.

The behaviour of an economy as a whole is often broadly predictable, but sometimes it can suddenly change due to a range of unpredictable factors such as regional conflicts, financial crises and health emergencies. This program explains what central banks and governments can do to try to smooth these fluctuations and to lift the living standard. Theories or ‘models’ widely used by governments, central banks and the private sector to conduct macroeconomic analyses are explained intuitively as well as discussed critically. The behaviour of the financial system, including the banking system and asset markets, is also considered, especially in the light of financial crises.

The three courses are based but extended on an introductory macroeconomics course taught on campus at The University of Queensland. A focus is placed on core economic principles that are immediately applicable rather than formal mathematical theorisation. A distinctive feature of these courses is their strong emphasis on the international aspect of macroeconomics. Recent global economic and non-economic events have highlighted the importance of understanding the interconnection between the domestic and the international economy.

This program is for everyone, whether you are studying at university, a career professional interested in expanding your economic knowledge, or simply curious about global economic behaviour and what influences it.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Macroeconomics Performance Indicators

The macroeconomy affects business conditions and broader social outcomes. Learn about key performance indicators of macroeconomics such as GDP, unemployment and inflation.

Course 2: Macroeconomics Policy

Learn to analyse contemporary macroeconomic policy issues and their impacts on business and on society.

Course 3: International Macroeconomics

Explore the fundamentals of contemporary international macroeconomy including trade, exchange rate systems, international financial policy and open macroeconomy.


Taught by

KK Tang

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