EC210GC      Half Unit
Macroeconomic Principles (Spring Semester)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Ricardo Reis 32L1.27


This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.


Maths to level equiavlent to MA102. 

Course content

This course will cover the fundamental principles of macroeconomics at an intermediate level. Topics include the study of economic growth, consumption, investment, unemployment, business cycles, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy, financial markets and international macroeconomics.


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT.

There will be 1 hour of classes and a 1 hour revision lecture in week 1 of the ST.

There will be a reading week in Week 6 of LT only (no lectures or classes that week).

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 31 hours across the Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes, live streamed (recorded) lectures, and some flipped content delivered as short online videos.

Formative coursework

Students should attempt the assigned problems before attending classes, as they will have to hand them in every week, and will receive feedback from the class teachers on approximately half of them.

Students are expected to make positive contributions to class discussions.

Indicative reading

There is no single textbook for the course, as we will follow several different readings from different textbooks. 


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills