Economics 3: Contemporary Topics in Economics ECON3023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will analyse economic topics of current interest using academic literature and other reliable resources. New policies and economic thought would be examined. Potential topics include international trade, trade conflicts, gender pay gap and immigration. Students will develop skills in team working, design and delivery of presentations and the use of academic literature and other appropriate information sources"


Lecture: 10 x 2 hours = 20 hours

Seminars:8 x 1 hour = 8 hours 

Student presentations and discussions: 4 hours

Revision: 1 x 1 hour outwith normal teaching hours

Requirements of Entry

Normally a grade D or above in ECON2001 Economics 2A and ECON2002 Economics 2B.

Level 2 Economics and Business Economics students entering the Ordinary degree (Level 3) must have achieved a D3 or above in ECON1012 and ECON1013 (or equivalent courses).

Excluded Courses

ECON4099 Contemporary Issues in Economics.


ECON3022 Economics 3: Economic Policies and Growth



Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ develop students' knowledge of current economic issues such as the international trade and conflict, gender pay gap, international immigration and its effect on the labour market, trade conflicts such as dumping and tariffs as well as exchange rate fluctuations using appropriate economic literature;

■ develop analytical skills using appropriate economic models;

■ provide opportunities for students to build graduate attributes such as team work and presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. construct economic arguments and identify appropriate economic models to analyse various contemporary economic issues;

2. appropriate use of mathematical tools and economic models to analyse various contemporary economic issues

3. search and effectively review academic literature and reliable sources of information; 

4. communicate clearly using effective writing, organisation and presentation to impart information to specialists as well as non-specialists about economic analyses and findings;

5. work effectively in teams;

6. use oral and visual communication to relay information to specialists as well as non-specialists effectively.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.