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LUBS2675 How to be a Successful Policy Economist

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Andrew Mearman
Email: A.J.Mearman@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

LUBS1940 Economics for Management
OR
LUBS1950 Economic Theory and Applications 1

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module prepares you for employment as a professional policy economist. Building on your knowledge gained in your study of economics you will be given the opportunity to apply that knowledge to practical economic policy issues. You will be given an opportunity to practise assessments essential for those seeking a career as a policy economist. You will gain an insight into the practical aspects of policy decision making.

Objectives

This module explores the practical aspects of working as a professional practitioner policy economist. Pluralist economic theories are examined in the context of the economic and political environment. In particular market failure will be evaluated alongside government failure. Tools such as cost-benefit analysis will be applied to practical problems.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:
- Identify and explain economic theories and models
- Describe the strengths, limitations and gaps in policy economics
- Discuss the main economic and political interpretations that shape the drivers and narratives of economic policy

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- produce a technical and policy analysis on current economic issues which synthesises economic theory and practical constraints

Transferable
- write clear, concise and compelling communications
- work effectively in a team
- work within constraints
- promote ethical and self-awareness


Syllabus

Indicative Content:
Includes the synthesis of theory and practice in policy making. Theories and models will involve pluralist perspectives in the consideration of market and government failure. Welfare economics will include cost-benefit analysis and net present value


Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture91.009.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorials/Workshops

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project.20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/05/2019

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