Summer School: Economics

Spend your summer at our EQUIS and AMBA accredited Business School. If you're unsure what to study this summer, follow our top tips for how to choose a module.

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Session One

28 June - 16 July 2021

  • Principles of microeconomics

    Module code: IS438

    This module introduces students to the key principles of microeconomic analysis. It starts with an overview of scholarly perspectives on the relationship between business and society.

    It goes on to cover the basic tools of economic analysis including opportunity cost, demand, supply, elasticities, and consumer and producer surplus. It introduces students to the theory of the firm and the analysis of the effects of different market structures on economic welfare.

    Upon completing the module students will be able to evaluate the effect of a range of proposed policy changes (such as governments changing tax policy, or companies changing pricing strategies) on economic outcomes (such as household welfare or business profits). 

    This module draws inspiration from the economics department’s award winning “L1028: Introduction to Economics”. It leverages the excellent teaching and learning resources developed for that core module and makes it suitable for a more general course such as the Summer School.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the core principles of microeconomics 
    • Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of a microeconomic problem
    • Provide a framework for the evaluation of changes in economic policy or other exogenous events as they relate to households and firms.
    • Communicate microeconomic ideas, concepts and information using means of communication appropriate to the audience and the problem at issue.

    Teaching method: Seminars, lectures and workshops
    Assessment: Computer-based exams, unseen exams (in-class)
    Contact hours: 40 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

Session Two 

19 July – 13 August 2021

  • Principles of macroeconomics

    Module code: IS439

    This module introduces students to the key principles of macroeconomic analysis. Students are exposed to recent empirical analysis of the distribution of economic growth across the world.

    The observed patterns of material wellbeing and deprivation across the world motivate a discussion of a range of contemporary theories of economic growth. These theories are discussed against a backdrop that critically analyses GDP as a measure of economic and social progress. 

    The module goes on to present the tools for the analysis of fiscal policy, monetary policy, exchange rate policy and open economy macroeconomics.

    This module draws inspiration from the economics department’s award winning “L1028: Introduction to Economics”. It leverages the excellent teaching and learning resources developed for that core module and makes it suitable for a more general course such as the Summer School.

    The module learning objectives are designed to align with the needs of students on a wide range of degrees.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the core principles of macroeconomics.
    • Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of a macroeconomic problem
    • Provide a framework for the evaluation of changes in economic policy or other exogenous events as they relate to macroeconomic indicators such as growth, inflation, output and unemployment.
    • Communicate macroeconomic ideas, concepts and information using means of communication appropriate to the audience and the problem at issue. 

    Teaching method: Seminars, lectures and workshops
    Assessment: Computer-based exams, unseen exams (in-class)
    Contact hours: 40 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits

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  • 2world-leading think tanks: Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Which school will I study in?

You'll study in the Department of Economics which is part of the University of Sussex Business School. 

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Our economics research

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Our research influences the way we teach, and you learn from academics at the forefront of their fields.


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Contact us

If you are studying at Sussex for a summer and have questions, email summer@sussex.ac.uk.

 *The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021 **Chartered Association of Business Schools ***US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2021. Rankings based on full undergraduate degree at Sussex.


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