EC2A5      Half Unit
Microeconomics II

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Miss Chiara Sotis


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.

Note, EC2A5 is mutually exclusive with EC230.


Students will have completed Microeconomics I (EC1A5) or equivalent.

Course content

In this course, we apply the knowledge acquired in Microeconomics I (EC1A5) to analyse economic problems and issues 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 public policy can change (economic) outcomes.  You will learn how to understand economic problems by focusing on their key characteristics, choosing the relevant microeconomic mechanisms and developing a solid intuition. The use of mathematics is minimal (in particular, with no calculus) and the emphasis of instruction is on graphical analysis and economic intuition. Precise topics and readings will be announced and are selected to be of current interest, such as the impact of the pandemic and environmental concerns.


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

Student learning will be supported through office hours and through a dedicated discussion forum.

Formative coursework

Students will receive feedback on two pieces of formative work during MT. Students are expected to make positive contributions to class discussions.

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 course.


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

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills