EC1B3      Half Unit
Macroeconomics I

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Antonio Mele 32L.1.22


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Actuarial Science, BSc in Economics and Economic History, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics, BSc in Finance, BSc in Financial Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Geography with Economics, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and Economics, BSc in Management, BSc in Mathematics and Economics, BSc in Mathematics with Economics, BSc in Philosophy and Economics, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and BSc in Politics and Economics. This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Data Science, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Mathematics, Statistics and Business, BSc in Politics and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.


Students must have completed Microeconomics I (EC1A3).

A-level mathematics, or equivalent.

Course content

This course is an introduction to macroeconomic analysis, where we will study how countries’ economic performance is determined in the short and the long run. You will learn about why we observe economic growth and development for some countries but not for others, and why economic activity fluctuates over time (booms and recessions). We will also cover the role of policy and how it affects the economy.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route. This course, in combination with either EC1A3 or EC1A5, exempts those who complete them from BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics.


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

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

There is no set textbook for the course. Lecture material may occasionally be complemented by supplementary readings.

Students wishing to complement their study can consult, among others, the following textbooks:

  • S. Williamson, Macroeconomics, Pearson, 6th Global Edition.
  • G. Mankiw, Macroeconomics, Worth, 8th or more recent editions.
  • O. Blanchard, Macroeconomics, Pearson, 7th Global Edition.


Exam (90%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (10%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication