Extended Economics Essay - EC565

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR ASJ Gosling
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR ASJ Gosling


EC500 Microeconomics, EC502 Macroeconomics


EC541 cannot be taken with this module



The module aims to provide an alternative to the EC541 dissertation option for students. In this module, rather than conducting an original piece of research, you are given a set of questions with readings. You can also construct your own question so long as it is approved. You choose a question and (with help from your supervisor) write a 5,000 word essay on this question. The material covered in these essays is typically broader than that explored in the dissertation option and there is no requirement to make any 'contribution to knowledge'. However, the essay still demand more independent work than required for coursework in other modules. You are expected to read round the question AND to assimilate concepts and ideas not covered in lectures.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

6 hours of lectures, 1 hour's individual supervision

Method of assessment

100% Coursework;
20% Poster session
80% Essay

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will have
• improved your ability to analyse economic problems
• deepened your knowledge of one particular area of economics
• carried out an in-depth critical investigation of a topic
• completed a written critical review of the literature of one area of economics
• improved your ability to retrieve information efficiently from library and web-based sources
• learned to manage your time well so as to complete the various stages of the critical review on time
• learned how to write a report of medium length
• improved your graphic, oral and written communication skills.

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