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EC135: Topics in Applied Economics (1b)

  • Robert Akerlof

    Module Leader
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

This module provides students with an opportunity to study a variety of topics drawn from the broad field of applied economics and exposes students to teaching delivered by leading researchers in specialist fields of economics.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding Demonstrate a familiarity with and basic understanding of: Research issues: Familiarity with contemporary empirical debates and latest research in some specialized areas of economics. Understanding of how to approach an economic problem from the perspective of a contemporary researcher in economics.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Cognitive SkillsDemonstrate capacity of: Analytical thinking, reasoning and application. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive SkillsDemonstrate capacity of: Critical, creative and strategic thinking. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive SkillsDemonstrate capacity of: Abstraction and Problem solving. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Cognitive SkillsDemonstrate capacity of: Policy evaluation and the analysis of institutions. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided reading.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding Demonstrate a familiarity with and basic understanding of: Economic information: Knowledge of specific economic trends and patterns; understanding of particular problems and solutions in economic measurement.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Subject Knowledge and Understanding Demonstrate a familiarity with and basic understanding of: Economic Principles: Knowledge and understanding of core concepts and methods in micro and macroeconomics.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Subject Knowledge and Understanding Demonstrate a familiarity with and basic understanding of: Applied Economics: Knowledge and understanding of standard economic models and quantitative techniques with application to contemporary problems arising in public policy and the private sector.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Subject-specific and Professional Key General SkillsDemonstrate a basic understanding of research skills such as: Data skills: Use of library and internet as information sources. Knowledge of how to locate relevant data, extract appropriate data, analyse and present material.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Subject-specific and Professional Key General SkillsDemonstrate a basic understanding of research skills such as: Mathematical/Statistical skills: use/application of mathematics and diagrams in economic analysis; understanding of statistical analysis of data The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

ubject-specific and Professional Key General SkillsDemonstrate a basic understanding of research skills such as: Written communication skills The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures and guided readingThe summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Examination

Syllabus

The syllabus each year will cover up to three topics selected from within the broad area of ‘Applied Economics’. The selection will be drawn from all sub-fields within the discipline, including labour, industrial, development, trade, behavioural, experimental, financial, public, health, education, history, environmental, ethics, philosophy, happiness, and auctions. This list will expand as reflecting staff interests. In years in which other first year 15 CATS optional modules do not run, one possibility will be to compress them into topics within this module.In selecting topics, the main criteria will include: (i) scope for the topic to provide a context in which, through application, students can begin to develop their understanding of key concepts in economics and applied economics, (ii) importance of the topic within the general field of Economics, (iii) policy relevance of the topic, (iv) complementing topics covered elsewhere within the degree programmes.

Context

Optional Module
L100 - Year 1, L116 - Year 1, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 1, V7ML - Year 1, LA99 - Year 1, R9L1 - Year 1, R3L4 - Year 1, R4L1 - Year 1, R2L4 - Year 1, R1L4 - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
Co-requisite module: EC120
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Not available on a part-year basis

Assessment

Assessment Method
2 hour examination (Summer) (100%)
Coursework Details
2 hour examination (Summer) (100%)
Exam Timing
Summer

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours plus 15 minutes reading time during which notes may be made (on the question paper) BUT NO ANSWERS MAY BE BEGUN.

Answer FOUR questions, including TWO short-answer questions (15 marks each) and TWO long-answer questions (35 marks each). You must answer AT LEAST ONE question from EACH section.

Answer Section A questions in one booklet, Section B questions in a separate booklet; and Section C questions in a separate booklet.

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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