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Course Details in 2020/21 Session

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Module Title LH Economic Policy and Political Economy
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 08 18136
Module Lead Kamilya Suleymenova
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Available to all students who have been allowed onto the final year of a degree programme in the Department of Economics (including Joint Honours) or who have passed 08 28536 Microeconomics.
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours

This module examines non-market decision-making, in particular of political decision-making from an economist's perspective. The module uses the 'rational choice' perspective to understand the process of economic and political decision-making in a democracy and to study some particular issues in developed and developing countries. The approach combines the study of advanced theoretical background with examples and critical evaluations of existing policies. For instance, 'rational choice' perspective is used to study problems of government resource allocation. Other examples include: government health and education policies, economics of crime and conflict.

Learning Outcomes By end of the module students should be able to:
  • demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of key concepts of public choice theory;
  • critically evaluate government policies;
  • set up and solve formal models of political decision-making.
Assessment 18136-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
18136-02 : Problem Set : Coursework (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
problem set (25%), 1 hour written unseen examination (75%)
Reassessment: N/A
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