Economics as a Social Science (ECOP1001)


Economic concerns are central to modern society and politics. Yet economists are deeply divided in their views about how the economy works and how it could be made to work better. This unit of study explores the principal competing currents of economic thought - classical, neo-classical, institutional, Marxian and Keynesian. It looks at how these rival economic theories shape views about economic policy and the nature of capitalism. This unit provides a solid foundation for subsequent study in political economy.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week or equivalent intensive session.


10x10 questions online multiple choice quiz (20%), 1x740wd mini-essay (10%), 1x2000wd essay (35%), 1x1750wd essay (25%), tutorial participation (10%)

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