This course considers various aspects of economic policy against the background of global and domestic challenges. It covers normative and political arguments regarding the role of government. Equipped with the tools to understand how the ends of economic policy are defined, students receive an introduction into the tools governments employ to achieve these ends. Then, the course proceeds with an analysis of how current challenges, including demographic change, globalisation, the rise of inequality and COVID-19, shape the scope of economic policy and the employment of its means.
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|Wednesday||03/09/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||03/16/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||03/23/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||03/30/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||04/06/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||05/04/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||05/11/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||05/18/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.3.01|
|Wednesday||05/25/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.3.01|
|Wednesday||06/01/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
|Wednesday||06/08/22||08:00 AM - 10:00 AM||TC.4.01|
In addition to a thorough understanding of current issues in economic policy, students will:
- Improve their debating skills
- Train writing effective briefings to support decision-making, by presenting complex information in an accessible and well-structured way
- Learn to effectively read academic publications in economic policy and engage in policy analysis (comparative approach, literature based)
- Use scientific evidence to support arguments
The course is based on compulsory attendance. Students may miss two sessions. This holds for digital and in-person teaching alike. Attendance in the first session is mandatory. Students who are absent during the first session without providing notice in advance and stating their intentions to participate in the course will be signed out.
Teaching methods include lecturing, interactive tasks and discussion in class, written assignments and Oxford-style debates on specific policies.
- Compiling a policy-memo as a take-home exercise (40%)
- Oxford-style debate with handout (30%)
- Approximately fortnightly assignments (30%)
- Distinction (Sehr gut): 88% -100%
- Merit (Gut): 76% - 87%
- Pass - satisfactory (Befriedigend): 64% - 75%
- Pass - sufficient (Genügend): 51% - 63%
- Fail (Nicht genügend): 0 - 50%
Please deregister from the course as soon as possible if you cannot participate. Students on the waiting list will be admitted based on the "first-come, first-served principle".