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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS1290 Economic Controversies

10 creditsClass Size: 330

Module manager: Gary Slater
Email: g.slater@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will address some of the most pressing economic issues discussed in the public realm. The lectures will draw on current economic research to tackle concrete economic problems and policies. Delivered by experts in the field, the lectures will provide you with the intellectual tools to confront and understand economic controversies and will offer a basis for applying economic reasoning to a wide range of cases.

Objectives

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the state of the art research of economics lecturers and professors. Making economics relevant for students and their ability to apply ethics and economics theory to an economic policy or management decision problems. The module aims to explain supply and demand shocks, income and wealth distribution, the working of markets and patterns of growth. It also introduces how economics informs and prescribes policies.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Recognise the practical relevance of economics in explaining real world phenomena
- Identify how economic theory and empirical research informs and prescribes economic policy
- Engage with state of the art inquiries and current theoretical and empirical problems in economics

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Transferable
- Apply critical thinking to reviewing evidence, interpreting results and problem solving
- Apply basic concepts of ethical awareness


Syllabus

Indicative content
Topics covered change each academic year, possibly from semester to semester. Key concepts might include unemployment, project appraisal, wage inequality, financialisation and speculative bubbles and behavioural economic patterns will be covered. A potential list of lectures could be:
1. Introduction to the module
2. Gender Wage Differentials - Theory and Empirical Evidence
3. HS2 - A Critical Project Appraisal
4. Behavioural Economics - Nudging and Ethical Implications
5. Unemployment policies - NAIRU versus Hysteresis
6. The Housing Market and its Finance in the US and the UK

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminars51.005.00
Lecture121.0012.00
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/09/2020 13:34:48

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