CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC ISSUES

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2L125265
Module Leader Naveed Hakeem
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

First level Economics module

Summary of Content

This module will provide students who have already completed a level 1 module in economics with a critical appreciation of contemporary economic issues and problems. This is achieved through further development of basic economic analysis and its application to central contemporary economic issues affecting firms, government and households. Whilst the emphasis is on UK, (and Scottish) economic issues and problems, reference will be made, where appropriate, to other advanced and developing economies thus helping to place students' understanding in a broader context.

Syllabus

-360b7 Macroeconomic performance b7 Taxation, Spending and the Welfare State -360b7 Trends in employment b7 Gender and the economy b7 International trade and Brexit b7 Environmental sustainability and the circular economy.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Understand and systematically evaluate economic issues confronting UK firms, industries, the public sector, government, households and the global economy.Demonstrate the contribution of economic analysis to an understanding of current problems at the level of the firm, government and the world economy via coursework, tutorial presentation and participation in formal examination.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching structure is based on two lectures and one seminar per week. A learning package for each topic will be distributed at the start of the module. Lectures provide a framework for analysis of a given topic, covering different, competing approaches. In tutorials, students, on the basis of preparatory reading, will discuss, debate, argue and present on selected dimensions of a given topic.

Indicative Reading

Gibb, K. (2018) (ed) The Scottish Economy. Routledge Goodwin N. et al (2014) Principles of Economics in Context. Routledge Sharpe M. et al (2017) Rethinking Economics. An Introduction to Pluralist Economics. Routledge Campbell, J. & Gillespie M. (2016 )(eds) Feminist Economics and Public Policy. Routledge Websites: Rethinking Economics <http://www.rethinkeconomics.org/> Global Development and Environment Institute <http://ase.tufts.edu/gdae/> New Economics Foundation <http://neweconomics.org/> International Association for Feminist Economics <http://www.iaffe.org/>

Transferrable Skills

Communication, presentation and group work skills. Critical/analytical skills in making a supported argument.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 148.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 25.00 35% Presentation
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% 2 hour examination
Coursework 0.00 25.00 35% Written assignment