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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 - pollution, progressive taxation, financial intermediation and the role of central banks, and credit rationing; (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 use the basic analytical tools of applied economists
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to structure and critique an economic argument using theoretical and empirical evidence


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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study118
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

The course is divided into 2 parts, Part A and Part B. Each part will be assessed by 2 pieces of coursework; the first will count for 10% of the overall mark and the second will count for 40% of the overall mark. The second coursework for each part of the course will be delivered at the end of that part. There are no exams for this course; the course will be fully assessed by these 4 pieces of coursework.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  ( words) 100%


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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