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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Topics in Applied Economics
Module Code EF331
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Silvia Rocchetta
Semester 2: Silvia Rocchetta
Autumn: Silvia Rocchetta
Module Teachersdeclan curran
Kate Hynes
Robert Gillanders
Silvia Rocchetta
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to examine issues of global importance from an economist's perspective. Topics such as corruption, inequality, poverty, and gender issues will be covered alongside more traditional "globalisation" topics such as growth and development, FDI, and Foreign Aid. In addition, the effects of trade and globalisation will be examined in the light of our topics as will the effects of various factors on trade. We will very much have an empirical focus and will pay particular attention to issues of measurement. While the focus is Economics, the course material will lend itself to interdisciplinary discussion, suited to the nature of the students' degree. Students are expected to attend lectures, participate in class discussion and complete an independent research project.

Learning Outcomes

1. Be conversant in some of the biggest issues and challenges in global policy-making
2. Appreciate the difficulties in measurement and estimation of economic outcomes and effects
3. Understand how seemingly disparate issues in social science can relate to each other
4. Independently review academic articles to substantiate arguments

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study46Reading in preparation for lectures
Assignment Completion55Project - Reading related theory, independent research for case studies, write up
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Foreign Direct Investment

Economic Growth and Development

Business Environment and Regulation



Foreign Aid

Randomised Control Trials



Natural Disasters

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectIndependent research project.100%Week 10
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

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    Date of Last Revision12-JAN-11

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