Summary module description:
A foundation to the theory of regulation - why governments need to regulate markets, the different forms of regulation and the costs and benefits of such regulation.

Aims:
The module is expected to provide a foundation to the theory of regulation, why governments need to regulate markets, the different forms of regulation and the costs and benefits of such regulation. Students are expected to have intermediate level economics. The aim of this module is to
-provide a grounding into the knowledge and understanding of the economic analysis that underlies the intervention of governments into markets;
-give students analytical skills to understand problems of regulation in all spheres - business, finance, public utilities etc.;
-provide students with the ability to analyze regulation issues in terms of their implications for social welfare and economic efficiency.
The approach is mainly analytical but also looks at some real world examples.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module students should be able to:
-Analyse regulation issues in general.
-Analyse market failures in different markets and consider ways in which these failures can be overcome .
-Analyse the impact of both the initial failure as well as the solutions that are used to overcome them.
-Read primary literature in the area.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop general analytical skills and will also master the ability to work independently under pressure of restricted time frames and make their own decisions on the organisation of their work. They will also develop generic skills for future employment and career development.

Outline content:
1.Theories of market failures.
2.Reasons for and types of government intervention.
3.Consequences of regulation for economic welfare.
4.Regulatory applications in the field of business, finance, international business etc.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Detailed guidance on the main topics of the syllabus and key references are provided in 10 x 2 hour sessions of lectures. Students are required to do a significant amount of reading of journal articles, chapters of books, statistical sources and websites of national and international organisations. Lectures will involve considerable student input, often in the form of discussion based on allocated readings.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 1
Guided independent study 159 20
       
Total hours by term 179.00 1.00 20.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 25
Class test administered by School 15

Other information on summative assessment:
One 2,000 word essay (worth 25% of the overall mark) and a written test (15%).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
One 2-hour unseen written paper, intended to be comprehensive of everything covered in the module.
Postgraduate examinations are held in the Summer term.

Requirements for a pass:
A minimum weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination for all modules takes place in August/September of the same year.
Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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