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Undergraduate Course: Social Economics (ECNM10067)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEconomics Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course applies the tools of economics to explore a range of questions related to how the social environment interplays with people┐s choices and economic outcomes. We will explore how social ties form in society (friendships, marriage), how social interactions shape people┐s choices (e.g. conformity, peer effects, favouritism) and eventually shape society (segregation, inequality). We will also present novel economic approaches to study anti-social behaviour (crime, drug abuse) and pro-social behaviour (charitable giving, volunteering). We will conclude with a discussion of how social interactions affect individual well-being. The course will use a combination of micro-economic modelling and empirical applications.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course the student will have: a better appreciation of how tools from economics can be used to explore a range of questions related to how the social environment interplays with people┐s choices and economic outcomes.
By building on and applying the core economic analysis covered in required courses in years 1 through 3 of the programme, the course enhances understanding of the core areas of economic analysis.
General skills developed include: critical analysis and assessment; reasoning adaptably and systematically; problem-framing and problem-solving skills; obtaining and processing information from a variety sources; quantitative and numerical skills; written presentation skills; interpersonal and group skills; independent action and initiative; managing tasks and time.
Assessment Information
Two take-home assignments (20% each)
Degree exam (60%)

Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Two take-home assignments (30% each)
One additional assignment (40% each)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Contacts
Course organiserProf Michele Belot
Tel: (0131 6)51 5129
Email: Michele.Belot@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Eirlys Armstrong
Tel: (0131 6)50 9905
Email: eirlys.armstrong@ed.ac.uk
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