Global Economic Issues

Module code: 5ECON006W
Faculty: Westminster Business School
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster Business School students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

Globalisation has created a constantly changing and interconnected international economic environment. This module draws on economic analysis to provide you with critical insights and analysis of the causes, consequences and solutions to a diverse range of topical global economic issues. These might include: managing international labour migration, tackling poverty and global inequality, mitigating against climate change, international trade disputes, the rise of state capitalism, global economic crisis, and the challenges of sustainable energy and development.

By the time you complete the module, you will be able to examine contemporary issues affecting the global economy using economic analysis, and critique theoretical frameworks, applying them in an international context. You will appreciate multiple perspectives on international problems, and be sensitive to cultural differences in attitudes and viewpoints and be able to evaluate economic decisions made by consumers, businesses or governments in light of economic theory and analysis. You will also know how to work effectively in an international team, and communicate effectively (orally and literally) using digital and information technology.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and workshops, podcasts, and external visits. Alongside a five-minute group podcast, assessment will be based around a 2,000-word group report, and an end-of-module exam.