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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Elements of Economics (ECON1011) (Durham) OR Introduction to Economics (ECOS1031) (Queen's Campus, Stockton).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module builds up on the knowledge that students have acquired in Elements of Economics. The module aims at providing students with the theoretical instruments for analysing the major economic issue facing European Union countries and East European countries. The emphasis in the first term is primarily on European Uninon policies whilst the second term concentrates on Transition Economies.


  • Part I: Economic and Monetary Union
  • Part II: The Economics of transition
  • Part III: Economic policies of the European Union

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students are expected to have knowledge of: recent economic trends in Europe and in some of the major European economies.
  • why disparate economies come together to form an economically integrated unit.
  • different forms of economic integration.
  • some key EU policies - their objectives and their constraints.
  • Students are expected to be able to make a critical contribution to relevant EU policy debates, and to have further developed their writing and presentational skills.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon completion of the module, students should be able to apply standard microeconomic and macroeconomic models to key European policy issues
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication e.g. through summative assessment.
  • Initiative e.g. by searching relevant literature and information

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures, tutorials and support for student-centred learning. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in tutorial classes and private study (inlcuding student-centred learning). Formative assessment is by means of 1500 word written piece. Summative assessment is by means of an unseen written examination of two and a quarter hours duration.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 22 1 per week 1 hour 22
Seminars 8 Fortnightly 1 hour 8
Student Centred Learning 4 4 in Term 1 1 hour 4
Preparation and Reading 166
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
one two-and-a-quarter-hour unseen examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

1 test in the Ephiphany term

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University