APME66-Consumer Policy

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Ms Sandra Preciado

Email: s.l.preciado@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The key objective of this module is to provide students with a basic understanding of how the concepts of ethics, globalisation, consumerism and EU law have influenced the growth of new regulatory state in the UK as well as changes in the theory and practice of regulation of consumer markets. The vast disparity between corporations and consumers has made the study of ethical issues and practices an important issue for corporations, consumers and policy makers. Market failure analysis and behavioural economics will provide students with a theoretical framework to better understand rationales for consumer policy and techniques of regulation. The module also faces the issue of how to empower and protect consumers when buying products and services in different sectors, and in the case of unfair advertising, post-purchase quality problems, and health and safety issues.


Aims:

The key objective of this module is to provide students with a basic understanding of how the concepts of ethics, globalisation, consumerism and EU law have influenced the growth of new regulatory state in the UK as well as changes in the theory and practice of regulation of consumer markets. Market failure analysis and behavioural economics will provide students with a theoretical framework to better understand rationales for consumer policy and techniques of regulation. The module also faces the issue of how to empower and protect consumers when buying products and services in different sectors, and in the case of unfair advertising, post-purchase quality problems, and health and safety issues  Finally, this course uses a wide range of examples and case studies form different contexts to explore and analise overriding questions about consumer markets and businesses practices.


Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be able to:




  • identify factors influencing frameworks and forms of regulation of consumer markets.

  • explain rationales for consumer law and policy.

  • articulate and criticise how to empower and protect consumers on a variety of contemporary issues with reference to specific sectors.


Additional outcomes:

To demonstrate debating skills and construct logical arguments based on a wide variety of consumer policy related issues.


Outline content:


  • The development of new consumer regulation in the UK.

  • Global and European influences.

  • Rationales for consumer law and policy.

  • Frameworks and forms of regulation of consumer markets.

  • Ethics and regulation in different sectors and contexts.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of a series of ten two-hour lectures and group work  and debates on specific consumer ethics and policy issues. Students will be expected to undertake preparatory research, to work in groups and participate in the preparation and discussion of different case studies.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study: 80
       
Total hours by term 0 100 0
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will have a multiple-choice test (30%) as well as one individual report (70%).


Formative assessment methods:

Case studies are used to enhance students’ understanding and knowledge about the issues that need to be taken into account when talking about consumers’ protection and policy making.


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 mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Coursework as determined by the module convenor.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019

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

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