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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?
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
What are the causes of the current financial crisis and what can governments across the globe do about it? Why is it that certain countries have experienced rapid growth in incomes over the past century whereas others are stuck in severe poverty? Why do some nations have high rates of inflation and others stable prices or deflation? Why is unemployment low in some countries but very high in others? Why do all countries experience periods of economic recession and depression and how can government reduce the size of the associated fluctuations in incomes and employment?
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2-hour examination (70%)
5 x online MC quizzes each constituting 6% of overall mark (30% in total) (30%)
1 two-hour written examination (100%).
This will take place via on-going discussions in tutorials and via mock computer quizzes.
A written feedback sheet is used for both the essay and report and this explains why students received a particular mark, outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the essay, and make suggestions as to how the student might improve future coursework submissions.
On a less formal basis, via verbal feedback during tutorial discussions, and after tutorial presentations.