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ECON1004 Economic Perspective and Policy

Module Overview

The core purposes of this course are: (a) to understand, discuss, and evaluate economic policy on selected topics – e.g. pollution, progressive taxation, financial intermediation and the role of central banks, credit rationing and the use of behavioural nudges in pension savings; (b) to familiarize you with the methodology and tools employed in investigating economic hypotheses empirically.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to structure and critique an economic argument using theoretical and empirical evidence
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to use the basic analytical tools of applied economists

Syllabus

Our focus will be on issues in applied macroeconomics/microeconomics and policy.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is divided into two parts, Part A and Part B, to separately deliver items (a) and (b) in the Module Overview.

TypeHours
Independent Study118
Tutorial8
Teaching12
Teaching12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Parkin, M., M. Powell, and K. Matthews. Economics . 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The module is divided into 2 parts, Part A and Part B. Each part will be assessed by 2 pieces of coursework as well as participation in the module: Coursework 1 is a group coursework and will count for 10% of the overall mark Coursework 2 is an individual coursework and will count for 30% of the overall mark Coursework 3 is a group coursework and will count for 10% of the overall mark Coursework 4 is an individual coursework and will count for 30% of the overall mark. Participation in class via e.g. online tests or discussions will count for 20% of the overall mark. There are no exams for this course; the course will be fully assessed by these pieces of coursework and participation.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Class participation 20%
Coursework 30%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 30%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  ( words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: (ECON1001 OR ECON1003) AND (ECON1002 OR ECON1007 OR STAT1003)

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