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Unit information: Macroeconomics in 2022/23

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Unit name Macroeconomics
Unit code ECONM1011
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Hu
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

This unit provides an introduction to modern macroeconomic theory and analysis.

Macroeconomics is concerned with aggregate economic outcomes such as GDP, consumption, and unemployment. It requires an understanding of the behaviour of individuals and firms, and how their decisions influence (and are influenced by) aggregate outcomes. For the analysis of macroeconomic policy decisions, it is important to recognise the constraints on policy-makers, and the important role played by expectations.

The unit provides an introduction to the relevant models and methods, but also emphasizes the importance of an intuitive understanding of the key ideas.

Your learning on this unit

By the end of the unit:

  1. Students will be able to solve economic problems using the theoretical techniques and models mentioned in the unit description.
  2. Students will be able to describe the important features of economic models and discuss the models' strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Students will be able to use these models to explain and interpret economic developments and policies.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

How you will be assessed

timed open book assessment


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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