(LO1) Students will be able to describe the key economic aspects of the global economic and business environment in recent years.
(LO2) Students will be able to identify major economic issues experienced by nations and institutions and use appropriate economic analysis to examine such issues.
(LO3) Students will be able to read and discuss empirical analyses conducted by other researchers.
(LO4) Students will be able to develop the ability to conduct individual study by drawing on multiple data sources.
(LO5) Students will be able to program empirical analyses in STATA.
(LO6) Students will be able to analyse and quantify the economic impacts of recent regional and global issues (e.g., Brexit and COVID).
(S1) Problem solving
The module teaches students to define a research hypothesis and empirically test it through discussions in lectures and seminars and written assignments.
(S2) Verbal and written communication
The module teaches students to discuss research on international trade policies through discussions in lectures, seminars and written assignments. Especially, through the module students will develop the skills of essay-based argument. This is a specialist academic skill that requires students to demonstrate the synthesis of considerable research and analysis and develop a strong, coherent argument. These skills though specialist in the form of an essay can be adapted to wider forms of communication.
This module will develop two types of analytical skills, data analysis and the use of economic models. To develop these two skills, weekly tutorial questions are designed to introduce real world data analysis problems. By attempting these tutorial questions and participating in seminars, students can learn how to source data from various databases, produce good summary statistics and analyse real world economic and policy issues using economic models.
(S4) IT skills
Seminars will teach students how to program empirical analyses in STATA.
(S5) International awareness
This module introduces the key facts and concepts of global economic and business environment, covering issues such as the establishment of the world’s economic order after the second world war, the functions of key international institutions, the pros and cons of economic integration, and the impacts of Brexit and the US-China trade war.
(S6) Lifelong learning
A key objective of this module is to teach students on how to conduct their own research. Students will gradually learn how to approach and solve new problems by practicing the tutorial questions and completing their assessments.