Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Hot Topics in Economics
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen written examination  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Students should have obtained a basic understanding of the language of economic policy debate, and how economists apply economic argument to social and political issues.

* They will also gain important background knowledge about various economic institutions at national and international levels.

* As much of the background reading is derived from the World Wide Web students should gain a familiarity with the availability of economic information on the Internet.


This module aims to introduce students to an understanding of current topical and controversial issues in Economics, explaining something of the background behind them and the public debate about policy responses.

Brief description

This module will discuss contemporary economic and social questions using the tools and perspective of economics. Through such examples an appreciation of the value and application of economics will be fostered.


  • Managing the economy: an overview
  • Student finance in the UK
  • Economic aspects of road transport
  • The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy
  • Conservation and the countryside
  • Globalisation: good or Bad? The WTO, friend or foe?
  • The Single European Currency: a recipe for growth or disaster?
  • Boats and trains; competitive response to the Channel Tunnel
  • The economics of the transfer market
  • Concepts and Applications

Reading List

Allan Griffiths and Stuart Wall (eds) (2001) Applied Economics 9th edition FT/Prentice Hall Primo search Michael Parkin, Melanie Powell and Kent Matthews (1998) Economics 4th edition Addison-Wesley Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4