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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Economics : Economics

Postgraduate Course: Economic Policy (ECNM11017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course is two-fold. The first is to present the student with a series of topics that are currently policy relevant. The second is to provide the student with an understanding of how economics can be used to enlighten the debate surrounding these topics. The topics of this course will be reviewed annually in order to ensure that the course remains current. This course should be particularly of interest to those students interested in pursuing a career as an economist with the civil service. Recent topics include Organized Crime: Economic Analysis and Policy Implication; Cost Benefit Analysis in Government: Houses, Welfare and Automobiles; The Post-crisis Labour Market and the Challenges it Poses to Policy Makers; The Economics of Public Finance; Economics of Micro-credit; Environment Economics and Environment Policy.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email sgpe@ed.ac.uk in advance to request permission.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should be registered for MSc Economics or MSc Economics (Finance). All other students must email sgpe@ed.ac.uk in advance to request permission.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  2
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final exam (100%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Present the student with a series of topics that are currently policy relevant
  2. Provide the student with an understanding of how economics can be used to enlighten the debate surrounding these topics
Reading List
Background Reading
Economic Policy: Theory and Practice by Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Benoît Coeuré, Pierre Jacque, and Jean Pisani-Ferry; Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course consists of six 3 hour lectures each covering a distinct policy area. Each lecture will be delivered by a recognized expert. The lecturers will be drawn from the SGPE teaching staff and also usually from the Scottish Government, and possibly other academic and research institutions.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserProf Jonathan Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 4515
Email: Jonathan.Thomas@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Carole-Anne Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)51 1795
Email: Carole-Anne.Marshall@ed.ac.uk
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