This module illustrates the complexity of global and local business, economic, social and environmental relationships that can be addressed only through the variety of theoretical frameworks and methodological tools available in the Social Sciences and practiced at WU. Understanding Economics and Socioeconomics broadly as disciplines that study how we organize society and transform nature in order to meet human needs, this course will demonstrate the centrality of Social Science research to understand and offer solutions to some of the contemporary challenges we face including globalization, climate change, inequality and poverty.
The course will focus on students critically engaging with the topics and working out how different theoretical lenses result in different research foci and questions that may yield potentially conflicting, yet scientifically valid explanations of and solutions to those challenges. In consequence, different research questions will necessitate and lead to a diversity of methodological and empirical strategies to address them. The course will emphasize the interactions between scientific research and policy making by demonstrating that theories, methodologies and evidence-based tools will allow to assess rigorously the potential solutions to selected global challenges.
After successful completion of the course students will be able to
- understand selected contemporary social challenges and conflicts
- evaluate and understand different theoretical economic and socioeconomic concepts and modelling tools to provide explanations of and solutions to those conflicts
- appreciate the strength of multiple theoretical frameworks, methods and models to approach these challenges from multiple perspectives
- understand that scientific evidence supports decision making processes and offers guidance for political decisions to address social and environmental challenges
- develop sensitivity to distinguish between scientifically acceptable information and "fake" news
Students are required to attend 70% of the total amount of class contact hours.
In order to complete the course, students need to be present for 70% of the classes.
Final Exam: 50 points (you will need to obtain a minimum of 25 points in order to pass the course)
Weekly, in-class, online quizzes: 5 points per quiz (max. 25 points) (there will be a quiz on assigned compulsory readings in weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). The five best quizzes count
Group homeworks: Total of 25 points.
In-class discussions / participation: 1 bonus point per class (where applicable)
75 - < 87.5
62.5 - < 75
50 - < 62.5
If you have questions regarding the course please contact instructors by e-mail:
Prof. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Jürgen Essletzbichler: email@example.com
E-Assistant: Hans Vomary: firstname.lastname@example.org