What you will study
The module will equip you with the theoretical tools necessary to investigate recent developments in the global economy. A pluralist view of economic theory is adopted, enabling you to appreciate the debates between different approaches.
The first part of the module teaches intermediate microeconomics with an emphasis on both economic theory and its applications. The second part of the module is project-based; you will be able to specialise in an area of your choice and carry out your own research project.
Each part of the module is divided into three blocks. Part 1 is made up of Blocks 1, 2 and 3 plus two weeks of work that introduce methods used by economists to test the relevance of their models using data.
Block 1, People and Households, teaches economic theories that apply to decisions taken in various contexts, such as consumption, labour market participation, savings, investment in education and training. This block also looks at how households, as well as individuals, can make decisions.
Block 2, Firms and Industries, is about efficiency and productivity in the production of goods and services. It covers issues about choice of technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, employment relations, outsourcing and competition policy.
Block 3, Markets and Governments, covers the overall organisation of the economy. It investigates the strengths and weaknesses of markets and governments in the organisation of economic activities, explores issues concerning the environment and ethics, and looks at economic theory that underpins government behaviour.
Part 2 is divided into Blocks 4, 5 and 6.
Block 4, Optional strands, teaches further economic theory and its applications to various areas. You have to choose one of three available theoretical strands:environmental economics, business and finance or economics and society.
In Block 5, Research Methods, you will learn how to carry out a literature review and then choose which research methods you plan to use for your project. You can choose between qualitative methods – which include interviewing and case studies – and quantitative methods, which involve analysis of economic data.
In Block 6, Project Work, you will work towards your end-of-module assessment, completing a project of your choice.