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EC136: Economics 1: Macro

  • Amira Elasra

    Module Leader
  • Alexander Karalis Isaac

    Module Lecturer
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

This module allows students to develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in macroeconomic analysis by equipping them with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This allows students to develop the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real world problems.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate knowledge of economic behaviours, outcomes, trends, developments, phenomena, institutions and policies.

Subject Knowledge and Understanding:...demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, principles, theories and models in Economics

Subject Specific/Professional Skills:...demonstrate the capacity for abstract reasoning and to simplify economic problems through the application of theoretical models.

Subject Specific/Professional Skills:...demonstrate the capacity to interpret economic data and to use data to inform the selection and application of appropriate economic tools of analysis


Typically, topics covered will include those such as: Macro (Term 2)

• Consumption, saving and investment.

• Aggregate demand, the multiplier and the IS curve

• The labour discipline model of equilibrium unemployment

• Wage setting, inflation and the Phillips Curve

• Social Preferences over inflation and unemployment, the central bank

• Monetary policy stabilisation: central bank responses to economic shocks

• Fiscal policy stabilisation

• Economic growth in historical and global perspective

• The Solow model of economic growth


Core Module
X35B - Year 1
Pre or Co-requisites
This module is available to all students outside the Department of Economics (and other than students in WBS) conditional on: having taken ‘EC137 Economics 1: Micro’ and on having achieved a Grade B or better in Mathematics at A-level, or the equivalent.


Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + Online Examination (80%)
Coursework Details
2000 word essay (20%) , Online Examination (80%)
Exam Timing

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 1.5 Hours

Read all instructions carefully- and read through the entire paper at least once before you start entering your answers.

There are TWO sections in this paper. Answer ALL questions in Section A (40 marks total) and TWO questions in Section B (60 marks total).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

You should not submit answers to more than the required number of questions. If you do, we will mark the questions in the order that they appear, up to the required number of questions in each section.

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.