Not available in 2020/21
EC2A5      Half Unit
Microeconomics II

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

To be confirmed.


This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Economic History, BSc in Environment and Development and BSc in International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

In this course, we use the knowledge of Microeconomics I (EC1A5) to get your ability to analyse economic problems at a higher level. This course teaches microeconomic analysis to let you explore important contemporary questions and special emphasis is given to the question how economic policy can change (economic) outcomes.  You will learn how to understand economic problems by focusing on the key characteristics, choosing the relevant mechanisms and developing a solid intuition. Only a minimal amount of mathematics will be used (in particular with no calculus). Precise topics and readings will be announced and are selected to be of current interest. Recent topics included externalities from road transportation; the trade-off behind unemployment insurance systems; the effectiveness of policies to support peripheral regions; the effects of international economic integration; the patterns of long-run income and wealth inequality; end the economics of global warming.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT.

Formative coursework

There are weekly assignments and feedback will be given on two.

Indicative reading

There is no set course textbook because of the topical nature of the applications chosen. A list of selected texts and readings will be provided at the start of term, given the topical nature of the topics.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the January 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
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills