Economic Controversies - ECON5380

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module introduces students to the skills of economic reasoning and argument by exposing them to critical debates within the discipline. It is designed for students who have completed Stage 1 Economics.

The module draws on current and past controversies to give students a critical insight into theoretical and empirical differences of opinion and approach to economics in the real world. The curriculum provides an insight into the academic and professional development of the discipline, and provides opportunities to develop a range of highly transferable skills. It also lays the foundations to many of the skills required for modules taught at Stage 3.

Four controversies will be covered each drawn from a range of topics pertinent to the discipline and relevant sub-disciplines. Students must study two controversies.


Contact hours

Private Study: 140 hours
Contact Hours: 10 hours
Total: 150 hours


RESTING 2023/24

This is an optional module for all Single Honours Economics Programmes and Joint Honours courses
The module is NOT available to students across other degree programmes in the University

Method of assessment

Non-Technical Summary 1 (1000 words) (20%)
Non-Technical Summary 2 (1000 words) (20%)
Extended Essay (4000 words) (60%)

Reassessment method: Like for like

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Identify and apply economic concepts, models and theory to the real world
2 Abstract the essential features of an economic issue, problem and system
3 Assimilate, understand and critically evaluate an economic issue in depth
4 Synthesise and critically compare different economic analyses of an economic issue
5 Demonstrate the analytical skills required to formulate and consider a range of economic problems and issues
6 Construct coherent economic arguments by making reference to relevant theories and empirical evidence.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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