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EC228 - Collective Decisions

  • Module code: EC228
  • Module name: Collective Decisions
  • Department: Economics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

In many economic and political environments, a group of individuals must make a decision that will affect all of its members. Examples abound, including voting in elections, juries, and corporate boards. How to aggregate individual preferences in an optimal way? How different decision-making procedures affect the collective outcomes? This module develops mathematical models to formulate and answer these questions in a precise way. It will provide students with an introduction to the theory of social choice, conventionally defined as the study of the decision-making behaviour of voters, politicians, and government officials from the perspective of economic theory. It can be considered as a bridge between economics and political science, an introduction into more advanced topics in political economy. As such the module has an important role in contributing to the achievement of the aims of the joint degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Economics, Politics and International Studies (EPAIS). However, the module will also appeal to students taking degrees taught entirely within the Economics department, and others.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of public choice and the decision-making behaviour of voters, politicians and government officials from the perspective of economic theory.

Timetabled teaching activities

20 Lecture hours and 4 Support and Feedback classes.

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/ec228

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EC228-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Test 20%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed visiting/exchange PART YEAR only 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants (L100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (L114) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LV16) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MF) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MG) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MH) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MI) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MJ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4