« Asia and the Pacific/Economic Development

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This micro-credential sets out models and examines the experience of the Pacific island economies. It links both models and experience to economic theory. It asks which models do a better job of explaining economic performance in the Pacific, and which provide a better guide to the future. It is designed to be useful both for those with an economics background, and for those without. It should be of interest to those who work or will work on the Pacific, but also for those with an interest in development economics, and its application to this region of the world.


  1. Economic development - overview
  2. Unique features of the Pacific - and variation within the Pacific
  3. Models of the Pacific: geography v institutions
  4. Pacific economic trajectories
  5. Aid and the Pacific
  6. Economic reform and the Pacific
  7. Governance and the Pacific
  8. Tourism and the Pacific
  9. Fisheries and the Pacific
  10. Labour mobility and the Pacific

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Apply theories of economic development to the Pacific
  2. Be aware of key economic debates in relation to the Pacific
  3. Understand major Pacific economic trends and profiles
  4. Be familiar with key topics of central importance to the Pacific

Indicative assessment

Research essay on a policy topic of relevance to the Pacific (1500 words) 60%; Links to LO: 1,2,3 and 4

Country brief (1500 words) 40%; Links to LO: 1,2,3 and 4

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA11

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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