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Module Title LI Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 23274
Module Lead Ceri Davies
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Co-requisites LI Macroeconomics B - (08 08338)
LI Macroeconomics A - (08 08336)
Restrictions Available to all second year students in the Department of Economics
Contact Hours Lecture-42 hours
Seminar-8 hours
Guided independent study-150 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module focusses on the application of economic theory to the understanding and assessment of UK economic performance and policy. It is designed to complement core microeconomics and macroeconomics modules, looking at applications of the theory and policy analysis, with a specific focus on the UK and on issues relevant to current policy debate.
The syllabus will be adapted to reflect current policy issues. Topics that might be covered include: the housing market; immigration; the financial crisis and recession; fiscal policy; the pensions crisis.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • critically evaluate aspects of UK economic performance and policy
  • apply their understanding of economic concepts to real-world situations
  • demonstrate an understanding of how economic theory is used to formulate policy
Assessment 23274-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
23274-03 : Essay : Coursework (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1000 word essay (25%) ; 3 hour written unseen examination (75%)
Reassesment: 3 hour written unseen examination (100%)
Reading List Reading is drawn from selected journal articles and policy reports.