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Innovative Teaching and Learning – University of Reading

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    Apply economic theory to topics you are passionate about

Innovative Teaching and Learning

Apply economic theory to interesting and groundbreaking topics through our novel modules on offer.

We stand out from the crowd by offering unique modules that push our students to excel in applying their learned theory and skills. These modules allow you to discover topics you are passionate about, enabling you to excel in your degree through our hands-on teaching.

The Economics of sports and games

One of our popular and slightly different modules is The Economics of Sports and Games. Throughout the module, you will develop an understanding of some major economic problems or challenges in sports markets; analyse the effectiveness or impact of policy options and actions around sports markets; learn econometric forecasting and apply this to sports; and more. The module is assessed in a variety of ways, with students thriving under the partnered project. In the past, students have submitted projects on various topics, such as:

  • “An Investigation into Whether Premier League Referees Show Their Bias in their Decision Making”;
  • “The Defining Traits of UFC Champions and Their Predictive Power”;
  • “Good Signing or Panic Buy? An Analysis of the Perceived ‘New Manager Bounce’ in Football”

You can pick any time period and any sport for your project, allowing the freedom to explore topic areas you are passionate about, helping to deliver greater satisfaction with your degree. You can have a look at some sample lecture slides from this module here.

economics of the roman empire

Interested in history as well as economics? We have two modules on the Roman Empire for our students to get their teeth into. The Economy, Politics and Culture in the Roman World (EC118) is a module that introduces the political, economic and cultural development of the Roman empire using the latest archaeological and historical research, in a way accessible to those without any previous knowledge of these. Illustrated by photographic slides and covering topics such as the introduction into Western Europe of urbanism, a monetary economy and regular long-distance commerce, this module helps you to begin to integrate a long-term perspective into thinking about how societies and economies are transformed by politics and culture.

The Processes of long-term political and economic change (EC337), on the other hand, explores the Roman empire and how its study informs our understanding of theories of political, cultural and economic development. This module enables you to gain an ability to use material and written evidence to investigate 'big questions' in social science and historical reconstruction, such as why states and empires rise and fall and how religions and moral values give rise to social values and economic practices. This too is suitable for students without any previous knowledge of the Roman world, or of history or archaeology, as well as those already studying the subjects.  You will learn how and why the 'distant' past shapes the contemporary world.

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