MAE208 - Growth Inequality and Conflict


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: MAE308
EFTSL value: 0.125

MAE101, MAE120, MAE203 or MAT203

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: MAE207, MAE308
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour on-campus lecture (recordings provided) each week and 1 x 2 hour on-campus (recordings provided) seminar each week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1 hour recorded lecture each week and 1 x 1 hour online seminar in weeks 4, 7 and 10.


This unit focuses on three important topics in economics: how economies flourish over time, how income and assets are distributed across different segments of society, and factors underlying the misallocation of resources, which may lead to conflict and civil war. You will learn the fundamental drivers of economic growth including savings, investment, technological improvement, and human capital. This will help your understanding of disparities in economic growth rates across countries like Australia and Indonesia. You will then explore how income and wealth are distributed within and across countries as economies grow over time and which could lead to possible income or wealth inequality as experienced in Brazil and South Africa. Finally, you will learn why different groups within a country like in the Democratic Republic of Congo or in Rwanda and Myanmar would fight against each other or rebel against the government forces and how such conflicts could be linked with economic growth and inequality.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the end-of-unit assessment task to evidence a minimum proficiency in the aligned discipline learning outcomes included in this unit.

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