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Economics Bachelor’s essay and peer review


Economics C

30 credits

Autumn / Spring



This supplementary (C) level course has two optional modules (7.5 credits each) and one essay (15 credits) module. To complete the course, you must have pass grades in the modules in Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics and the Essay, and you should have passed at least one of the modules (but not the essay) at B level.

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Tools and knowledge for analysing important societal issues After studying Economics, you can work in both the public and private sectors, for national or international organisations, with issues relating to the economics of society. In the private sector, it is common for economists to work at banks or in companies in the financial sector. However, economists may also work at consultancies or other companies that require socio-economic expertise. In the public sector, you could work at government ministries, public authorities, municipalities or the Swedish Riksbank. Studying Economics gives you important, societally beneficial knowledge. After your studies, you will have the tools and knowledge necessary to analyse important societal issues Studying Economics is not only a strength on the labour market, but it also provides an important general education for understanding our societal economy. Read about research in this subject
Reviewing scholarly work on the basis of theory and methodology This C level course has three modules: 15-credit Bachelor’s essay and two 7.5-credit modules. The essay is compulsory, but other two modules are somewhat optional. By the end of your degree you must have pass grades in Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics and Econometrics, so the composition of your B level course will determine the courses now available for you to choose from. Whichever 7.5-credit modules you choose, you will learn to critically review scholarly work, partly based on theory and methodology and partly on the statistics used, and gain in-depth insight into the role of economics in social development and the responsibility associated with using economic tools. You will also be able to approach problems in social-economics autonomously and critically, and to evaluate ethical aspects of economics research. Course design The essay module begins with an introduction to the art of essay writing and moves to critical analysis of a selection of previous essays. The preliminary draft of your essay will be discussed during a seminar and you will learn how to analyse methodological problems in research. The examination for this module is divided into three parts: presentations in methodological seminars; presenting and discussing your essay in an open seminar, with a peer reviewer; and providing peer review for another student.
How can we manage sparse resources and work towards sustainable economic growth? Economics is important for societal democracy, as the purpose of the subject is to investigate how we manage and distribute sparse resources. The subject therefore has a strong link to most of the UN global goals. Economics has a broad perspective that covers many societal functions, everything from conditions for businesses and employees to those for sustainable development and the role of the financial market in global stability. Economics covers many different areas and has clear links to many current societal problems. Studying the subject provides insight into environmental economics, development economics, financial economics, industrial organisation, labour market economics and various theories of international trade. These areas are strongly associated with current societal problems such as trade wars and globalisation, unemployment and integration, poverty and opportunities for development in low-income countries. If you study Economics, you will gain important societal knowledge that is beneficial on the labour market, as well as tools for analysing important societal problems. At Södertörn University, our aim is to teach the subject using a broad perspective and an unconditional approach.