EC1B5      Half Unit
Macroeconomics I

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr L.Rachel Ngai, 32L.1.15


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

Course content

This course is an introductory course in macroeconomics, which is the study of the overall economic performance of countries. You will learn about economic growth, business cycles (booms and recessions), unemployment, inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy. We will apply the tools developed in the course to historical and contemporary events.

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

  • Macroeconomics – Daron Acemoglu, David I. Laibson, and John A. List (note the content is also part of the textbook Economics by the same authors).


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

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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