Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Economics

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is intended to provide the necessary economic background to students undertaking studies in international relations. It introduces fundamental economic concepts and core issues in economic theory and analysis. Examples related to the field of international relations are provided throughout the course in order to explain better the relevance and intuition underpinning the various economic concepts that are discussed. Topics and themes to be covered in this study-unit include:

- Thinking like an economist;
- The concept of market equilibrium;
- Measuring the size of an economy;
- Inflation;
- Unemployment;
- Macroeconomic data: sources and analysis;
- Fiscal and monetary policies;
- Policies for growth.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at tackling the basic principles of international trade and finance whilst presenting a comprehensive, yet concise, overview of the main themes in international economics within the ambit of International Relations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be:

- Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic economic principles;
- Able to link economic issues/concepts to the field of international relations;
- Familiar with key macroeconomic data; and
- Able to evaluate economic arguments and policies.

2. Skills:

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

- Perform basic economic analysis; and
- Follow up on economic debates.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Sowell, T (2011) Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, Basic books publishers New York.
- Mankiw, M.G. ( 2012) Principles of Economics, Cengage Learning publishers.
- Marshall, A (2010) Principles of Economics, Cosimo Publications New York.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Malcolm Bray

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