Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introductory Macro Economics for European Studies

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION Central to the understanding of the process of European integration is knowledge of economics. This study-unit will focus on an introduction to macroeconomics, including aggregate demand and the national economy, aggregate supply and growth, money, banking and interest rates, inflation and unemployment, macroeconomic policies and international economics. In order to understand better the basic economic concepts and principles, each topic will include a number of related case studies, including examples from the EU context.

The study-unit will involve 10 lectures of 2 hours each. The class will be divided into 2 groups and each group will have 4 tutorials of 1 hour each (total student contact hours: 28 hours). Before each tutorial, students will be required to do revision work (4 tasks of 1 hour each) which will then be discussed during the tutorial sessions) (total for students: 20 hours lectures, 4 hours tutorials, 4 hours revision work at home).

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to introduce students to macroeconomics, using relevant examples drawn from the EU perspective. Students will learn basic economic tools to understand past and current economic debates within the European Union.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define and conceptualise basic macroeconomic theory;
- apply the main macroeconomic principles to case studies relating to economic issues, particularly in a EU context;
- identify the main determinants governing EU’s economic policies and challenges.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyse the current EU debate on economic policies with improved analytical skills;
- analyse discussions on Malta's economic performance and economic policies with improved analytical skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Parkin, M., Powell, M. & Matthews, K. (2012) Economics (Eight Edition), Pearson Education Limited
- Sloman, J. & Garratt, D. (2013) Essentials of Economics (Sixth Edition), Pearson Education Limited
- Briguglio, L. (2011) Macroeconomics and the Maltese Economy, Malta, BDL Publishing

Supplementary readings:

- The Economist
- Economic Survey, Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance
- Quarterly Review and Annual Report , Central Bank of Malta
- Statistical News Releases, National Statistics Office, Malta and Eurostat


ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: EST1040


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Moira Catania

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