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ECON6025 Topics in Economic Theory

Module Overview

This module builds on your knowledge and understanding of microeconomics from ECON6021 and allows you to study in greater depth some selected topics of current interest in economic theory. The objective of the module is to provide students with sufficient background in a small number of areas of research for them to be able to fully appreciate the theory, the methods and the potential applications of recent research in economics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand and formulate formal economic arguments using mathematics
  • Be ready for independent research in economic theory


The module covers topics in economic theory selected from: • Basic Elements of non-cooperative Game Theory • The Economics of Uncertainty • Bargaining • Auction Theory and Mechanism Design • Mathematical Economics • Contract Theory

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures will present concepts and theories and offer opportunities to apply them to problems.

Independent Study80
Total study time90

Resources & Reading list

Other. There is no single textbook suitable for this module. Full details of references to textbooks and journal articles or working papers will be provided at the beginning of the course. Other course information available via blackboard


Assessment Strategy

This modules will be assessed by coursework in form of a problem set (15 % of the final mark), participation and/or performance in class (in form of e.g. online quizzes, problem solving, etc.), and an end of semester take-home assignment


MethodPercentage contribution
Class participation 15%
Coursework 15%
Home assignment 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Home assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Home assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisite ECON6021

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