Economics 3: Contemporary Topics in Economics

Economics 3: Contemporary Topics in Economics

Year: 2018-2019
Course code: ECON3023
Course credits: 30
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinator: Dr Wenya Cheng
Course lecturersDr Lovleen Kushwah and Dr Wenya Cheng
Entry requirements: Normally a grade D or above in ECON2001 Economics 2A and ECON2002 Economics 2B.
Available to visiting students: No
Contact for more information: Teodora Racheva

Course 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.


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

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.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures:  Tuesday and Friday (10.00 - 11.00am) (2 x 1hr lectures x 10 weeks)
Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 10 weeks

Seminars are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.

Course texts

Hal R. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics with calculus, W. W. Norton & Company; International Student edition, 2014

Erik Angner, A Course in Behavioural Economics, Palgrave Macmillan 2012


1 1,000-1,500 word assignment (25%)
1 Group presentation with appropriate written material (25%)
A 2-hour degree exam (December) (50%)