Current Economic and Policy Challenges ECON4015

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • 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:10 x 2-hour lectures
Seminar/presentation sessions: 2 x 1hours (1 hour for a seminar where the students will be asked to present on a topic, plus one hour for participating in the session including the assessed presentation)

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. We recommend that students take this course in Senior Honours.

Excluded Courses

ECON3023 Economics 3: Contemporary Topics in Economics

Assessment

ILO (covered)

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 and/or data to critically analyse contemporary economic issues;

2. read, evaluate and use research in economic analysis and exercise critical judgement;

3. collect and consolidate information from a variety of sources of information, which would be of critical importance for the evaluation and economic analysis, and integrate these in a document or presentation that offers a well-structured analysis of the topic;

4. write clearly, to explain findings and impart information to other economists, not necessarily those specialising in the area by making valid economic arguments;

5. communicate orally and visually, information to other economists, not necessarily those specialising in the area by making valid economic arguments.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None.