Current Economic and Policy Challenges

Current Economic and Policy Challenges

Year: 2018-2019
Course code: ECON4015
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinatorDr Konstantinos Angelopoulos 
Course lecturers: Dr Konstantinos Angelopoulos & Dr John Tsoukalas
Entry requirementsNormally admission to an honours programme in Economics. We recommend that students take this course in Senior Honours.
Available to visiting students:Yes
Contact for more information: Gillian Weir

Course 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.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures:10 x 2-hour lectures Friday 13:00 - 15:00
Seminar/presentation sessions: 1 hour for a seminar where the students will be asked to present on a topic, plus one additional hour for participating in the session including the assessed presentation. 

Course texts

There is no set text for this course.  Relevant chapters of various Public, Industrial, Labour, Environmental and Macro economics texts are referred to where appropriate in order to introduce new and relevant theory.  A major aim of this course is to look at topical policy issues.  This course makes extensive use of web based material including e-journals, newspaper and reports by government departments and other agencies.


1 x Report that critically evaluates some contemporary issues in an economy. (50%)

1 x group course work consisiting of an oral presentation, discussion and supporting document (50%)