ECO-20040 - Contemporary Issues in Economics
Coordinator: Shiva Sikdar Tel: +44 1782 7 34372
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

The purpose of this model is to enable students to evaluate, using different economic models, complex contemporary economic policy problems faced by governments, such as poverty and inequality, regulation and sustainability of sovereign debt.

to introduce students to the study of a variety of contemporary issues and debates in economic policy

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyse and evaluate contemporary policy problems from an economic perspective will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
analyse using formal economic models a number of different contemporary issues in economic policy (some examples are found below, as detailed syllabus changes year-by-year to cover 4 main contemporary issues ) will be achieved by assessments: 1
critically assess the consequences of different economic policy decisions will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
Analyse different poverty and inequality measures and discuss their implications for the redistributive action of the public sector will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

20 hours lectures,
20 hours guided group study supported by tutor
20 hours assessment preparation
90 hours individual study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exam weighted 60%
2 hours closed book exam
exam covering whole module syllabus

2: Reflective Diary weighted 40%
1500 word reflective diary
A diary reflecting upon the student's development of knowledge in one of the four main themes covered in the module