ECM185-Economics of Social Policy

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Simonetta Longhi

Email: s.longhi@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is intended to cover the most important social economic policy issues of the day. Consequently, the topics may vary from year-to-year in order to reflect contemporary relevance. But, in each case, the emphasis will be on how economic analysis can contribute to the solution of domestic and international social problems. Indicative topics are: poverty, segregation and social exclusion; immigration, gender and racial wage gaps.


Aims:
The module is intended to equip students with an understanding of contemporary social economic problems and to provide students with the key tools economists use in analysis and policy advice.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module, students should:

•Have developed an understanding of the major social economic problems and issues that face the UK and a selection of other countries.
•Have developed an appropriate economic framework and set of tools for analysing the issues
•Be able to analyse the effectiveness or otherwise of different policy options using the toolkit.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

This module is intended to cover the most important social economic policy issues of the day. Consequently, the topics may vary from year-to-year in order to reflect contemporary relevance. But, in each case, the emphasis will be on how economic analysis can contribute to the solution of domestic and international social problems. Indicative topics are: poverty, segregation and social exclusion; immigration, gender and racial wage gaps.


Global context:
Through project work, students are encouraged to conduct international comparative exercises concerning policy issues.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is delivered through a series of lectures. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 21
Guided independent study 159 20
       
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Students are required to submit two 3,000 word projects. Each project must be submitted by an agreed deadline.

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

Assessment 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 will be by way of an alternative essay written on a different topic by the end of August of the same year. 


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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