Analysis of Contemporary Issues in Government and the Economy ECON4015

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to the analysis of topical issues affecting the economy and government policies. The lectures and assessments will contain discussions on government policy and assess the performance of economies that are of contemporary interest. Assessment has been designed to develop and assess a range of graduate attributes.

Timetable

Lectures: 9 x 2-hour lectures
Workshop: 2 hours

Presentation sessions: 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Entry to an Honours programme in Economics or a minimum grade C3 (average) in Economics 2A and 2B for students taking an Honours programme in another subject.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

100% course work comprising of several assessments both group and individual.

ILO (covered)

Assessment

Weighting

Word Length/Duration

1, 3, 4

Individual assignment 1 

Report that critically evaluates some contemporary issues in an economy and government response.

30%

750 - 1000 words

1, 3, 4

Individual assignment 2:

Report that critically evaluates some contemporary issues in an economy and government response.

30%

750 - 1000 words

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The main aims of this course are to:

■ apply core economic theory and economic reasoning to the analysis of topical issues;

■ critically evaluate government policy and assess the performance of economies;

■ give students a thorough grasp of some of the contemporary issues in economic policy.

■ develop graduate attributes such as working in groups, effective communication through oral/ visual presentation and writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

1. construct economic arguments using appropriate economic models to critically analyse policies relating to key issues;

2. credibly identify current issues which require investigation, research into economic analysis from different perspectives and exercise critical judgement;

3. collect and consolidate information from a variety of sources of information including web searches which would be of critical importance for the evaluation and economic analysis;

4. write clearly, to explain findings and impart information to specialists as well as non-specialists.

5. communicate orally and visually, information to specialists as well as non-specialists effectively and quickly.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None.