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EC990: Topics in Applied Macroeconomics

  • Jennifer Smith

    Module Leader
18 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The module will provide students with the ability to discuss, critically evaluate and recommend policy options in various areas of macroeconomics.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding:...have a good overview of policy issues and solutions in the broad area of macroeconomics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome: the lectures will give an overview of important topics in macroeconomic policy. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: assignment, final exam.

Subject knowledge and understanding:...discuss policy options in a variety of areas with understanding of the underlying principles, their practical problems and consequences. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome: the lectures will cover a variety of policy topics, explaining and critically evaluating policy options. In all cases theoretical argument, empirical evidence, and elements of political economy will be discussed and used to evaluate possible policies. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: assignment, final exam.

Cognitive skills:...critically evaluate existing work, including journal articles, policy documents, and media reports, on macroeconomic policy topics. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome: the lectures will encourage discussion and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of academic, policymaker and journalist policy-related work. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: assignment, final exam.

Syllabus

The syllabus may cover, but is not limited to, the following areas:

1. Monetary policy

2. Fiscal policy

3. Immigration policy

4. Employment, unemployment and participation policy

5. Inequality policy

Context

Optional Module
L1P6 - Year 1, L1P7 - Year 1

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (50%) + 2 hour examination (Summer) (50%)
Coursework Details
2 hour examination (Summer) (50%) , Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (25%)

Assignment 1 (25%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), Assignment 2 (25%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), 2 hour examination (Summer) (50%) - Eligible for self-certification: No CATS:

Exam Timing
N/A

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