Economics

Applied Economics Topics

Module code: L1063
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module introduces you to a range of applied topics that illustrate the use of economics principles learned at level two. The topics covered may vary from year to year and are based upon faculty interests and research. A typical topic might be the use of taxes or quotas to limit pollution, as in the US acid rain programme, limiting emissions of SO2. Alongside each lecture topic will be a class
devoted to that topic, involving discussion of the issues or some other kind of exercise.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of an economic problem and to provide a systematic framework for the coherent and critical evaluation of the effects of policy or other exogenous events.
  • Have displayed a knowledge of sources and content of economic information and data, and appreciate their use in research
  • Have demonstrated the ability to carry out self-directed study and research, understand the limitations and be able to comment upon research outputs.
  • Have learnt to devise and sustain economic ideas, concepts and arguments using means of communication appropriate to the audience and the problem at issue.