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Undergraduate Economics 2019-2020

EC1006: THE ECONOMICS OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course is an introductory course in microeconomics where we study the decision making of individual actors (consumers, employees, firms, governments, etc.) in an economy.  Actors must make decisions about behaviours because they face scarce resources, but often they find that trading with other actors in markets can increase the wellbeing of all parties.  This course models and examines the nature of these interactions, highlighting when they work well and when they fail to increase wellbeing and what might be the solution to these failures. 

EC1506: THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course is an introductory course in macroeconomics  where we study the behaviour of the economy as a whole. Whereas microeconomics focuses on individual markets, macroeconomics addresses the “big issues” such as unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and financial crises. Macroeconomics is a lively subject, full of discussion and debate, as economists and policymakers take different views on macroeconomic issues, their causes and appropriate policy responses.  Issues such as: Is the economy growing? What causes unemployment and how can we reduce it? How can we avoid recessions? When is inflation a problem? Are banks lending too much?

EC2003: INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course builds on and is a natural extension of EC 1006. By examining in a more rigorous way concepts introduced in EC 1006 students will develop further their analytical skills and they will obtain a better understanding of consumers and producers behaviour, market structure as well as the effectiveness of economic policy.  The course is designed to appeal to all students interested in economics. This includes students who may wish not to enter into any further studies of economics, as well as students who may wish to continue studying economics at the honours level.

EC2503: INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course focuses on macroeconomic policy in a global economy. The first part builds an open-economy Keynesian model to investigate what determines the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policies, and how exchange rate regimes and capital mobility impact on policy effectiveness. The second part investigates what determines the level of macroeconomic activity and its growth over time. The final part looks at what determines inflation and unemployment. This intermediate level course uses live lectures to develop your analytical skills evaluating economic policy in a rigorous and technical way to equip you with the skills needed for honours level study.

EC3023: MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN ECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This two parted course aims to develop the students’ practical analytical skills and economic problem solving abilities. The first section deals with mathematics in an economic setting. It should enable the student to apply mathematical problem solving techniques to relevant economic issues. Material covered includes differentiation, unconstrained and constrained optimisation, integration and matrix algebra. The second section is dedicated to statistical methods in economics. It seeks to introduce the students to a variety of statistical concepts, relating among others to probability and distributions. It systematically develops hypotheses testing and regression analysis to enable analysis of real world data.

EC3027: DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course on Development Economics focuses on the countries of the developing world and tries to ascertain how low-income economies can be set on a track of sustained economic development in order to reduce poverty and achieve levels of wealth akin to developed economies.

EC3522: INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Many industries are comprised primarily of a few large firms and, hence, are not well described by the benchmarks of monopoly or perfect competition. One important theme in industrial economics studies the strategic issues related to competition in an oligopoly, and the course reviews some of the main models and issues related to such competition.  A related important issue discussed in the course involves the incentives and difficulties when firms collude to try and raise prices and increase profits in their industry.

EC3527: LABOUR MARKET ECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The course aims to develop an understanding of the level and structure of wages and employment in advanced industrial nations. Distinguishing the nature and determinants of the supply of and demand for labour, the course analyses the behaviour of labour markets and offers explanations of the major outcomes. Current policy issues such as the impact of welfare benefits on labour supply, wage taxes and subsidies, and competing models of the labour market will be explored. The course will also introduce students to personnel economics and key ideas in the economics of incentives, such as remuneration schemes, and the structure of labour contracts.

EC3529: ECONOMETRICS

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The course aims to provide students the basics of econometric theory and teach them a range of different estimation techniques that can be applied in practice when working with data. The first part of the course will focus mainly on teaching a working knowledge of basic methods and principles of econometric theory, while the second part will focus more on a sequence of specific problems involving the specification, estimation and interpretation of econometric models. Students participating in the course will have the opportunity to solve theory exercises and to estimate econometric models in a computer lab using actual data.

EC4024: EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS: MARKETS, INSTITUTIONS AND PUBLIC POLICY

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the methodology of experimental economics and to give an overview of some of its uses in different areas of Economics, namely the functioning of markets, the effects of institutions on the decisions of economic agents, and to address public policy issues. The course is designed so as to allow the student hands-on experience of participating in experiments.

EC4025: ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course develops mathematical methods for analyzing economic decisions and equilibrium behaviour at an advanced undergraduate level. One of the goals is to help prepare students for postgraduate work in economics. A good understanding of the methods studied in EC2003 and EC3023 is essential, since the course builds on and extends the mathematical and analytical skills developed in these courses to examine in a more rigorous way several key areas in microeconomics such as individual consumer and firm choices, decision-making under uncertainty, and applications of game theory.

EC4030: APPLIED ECONOMIC POLICY EVALUATION

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of various aspects of economic policy. It aims to develop a deep understanding of how the techniques of applied economic policy evaluation both draw upon economic theory and are implemented in practice and to develop a critical appreciation of their associated strengths and weaknesses. The course will include a range of micro- and macro-policy applications to develop students’ skills in applying relevant techniques to real world problems.

EC4504: HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course examines the history of economic ideas and the evolution of the main schools of economic thought from the eighteenth century to the present day. It traces the development of modern economic thought and discusses the evolution of economic ideas through the important traditions. The course provides a bird's eye view of the main controversies in the discourse in economics and discusses their policy implications with regard to their contemporary relevance.

EC4505: ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course focuses on two key issues of economic policy debate, namely economic growth and monetary policy. The emphasis is on the recent developments in macroeconomic theory with particular reference to current problems. The first part of the course deals with economic growth, probably the primary issue of concern to economic policy makers today. The second part of the course focuses on issues related to the workings of a monetary economy. This course is an advanced, technical course, which aims to provide a sound base for those wishing to pursue postgraduate study or a career in economics.

EC4526: ECONOMICS DISSERTATION

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The dissertation presents students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and research skills of Economics to an individual piece of research, focusing on a topic which has been chosen by the student and approved by the Dissertation coordinator and Dissertation supervisor. Over the course of the Dissertation, with guidance from the supervisor, the student will study a particular topic, conduct a literature review of relevant material, select appropriate theoretical and/or empirical methods to address the topic and write a final analysis in the form of the Dissertation of up to 10,000 words.

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