Policy Analysis - EC531

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR WJC Collier


EC304 Principles of Economics; EC305/EC306 Mathematics Mode A or B; EC309 Statistics for Economics and Business





This module applies economic theory and statistical methods to the understanding and critical assessment of economic policy. It is designed for students who have completed Stage 1 Economics. The module focuses on the policy application of economic concepts and provides an introduction to material that may be studied in greater depth at Stage 3. A key aspect of this module is the relationship to contemporary policy issues.

The module introduces you to a variety of microeconomic policy issues. Alongside formal lectures, it also consists of workshops and seminars that are designed to develop your academic research skills and the ability to communicate ideas verbally and in writing. This focus provides opportunities for you to develop a range of highly transferable skills and to develop as autonomous learners. These skills lay the foundations to the independent learning skills you require for modules taught at Stage 3.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

6 lectures (100 minutes)
9 seminars
2 workshops
2 drop-in sessions

Method of assessment

100% Coursework:

25% Reflective writing assignment (800- 1000 words)
25% Moodle Quiz
50% Extended essay (3,000 words)

Preliminary reading

N Barr, The Economics of the Welfare State (5th ed), Oxford University Press, 2012

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will:
• Understand the role of government intervention in modern economies including its motivation, targeting and consequences
• Understand the concepts and frameworks used by economists to appraise policy
• Identify and understand the issues confronted in policy design
• Critically analyse economic policy debates conducted in the media and by politicians
• Conduct evaluations of actual economic policies
• Communicate economic arguments orally and in writing

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