INDIVIDUAL COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS (SEMESTER ONE 2020-2021)
This module is assessed on the basis of a coursework (in form of individual report) and end of module examination. The coursework carries 40 percent of the overall mark, and an end of module examination that accounts for 60 percent of the overall mark.
Each student will be required to write individual report from the list of topics provided below and summarise their findings in a short individual presentation on line on 3RD Dec 2020. The individual presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The individual report will need to be submitted a week later via turn-it-in on 10/12/2020.
Individual will choose one topic only from the list below:
- Critical analysis of the impacts of covid 19 on (a) trade (b) financial activities (c) and labour market and policy implications. A case study of country xxxx.
- Critical appraisal of the impacts of the recent global financial crisis and the ongoing Quantitative Easing monetary policy in the USA, Japan and EU. A case study of country xxx
- Critical assessment of the impacts of the on-going trade war between USA and China on the global economy. A case study of country xxxx.
- Critical examination of the on-going oil price volatility. Its economic impacts and policy implications. A case study of country xxxx.
- Critical assessment of the impacts of interest rate volatility on a nation’s economy and its policy implications. A case study of country xxx
Outline of tasks expected to be carried out
You are required to adapt your report around the specifics of your questions and the answer must demonstrate sound application of relevant economic theories and concepts.
For example, individual answering questions on recent global financial crisis must address the following tasks:
- Identify the country’s key economic sector(s) and their contributions to the nation’s economy, sources of comparative advantage, trend analysis of the country’s GDP for the past 10 years.
- The country’s main import and export items, their 10-year full trend analysis, threats and opportunities to trade and investments, and application of trade theories and concepts.
- Summary of what prompted the crisis, how this has affected trade and investments, changes in the nation’s debt profile and national labour market.
- Critical evaluation of the corrective measures taken by the government to address the crisis and analysis of their effectiveness.
- Recommendations on how to revive the nation’s economy.
Countries to choose from
- China 2) Germany 3) Iceland 4) UK 5) Greece 6) Brazil 7) Russia 8) India 9) South Africa 10) Austrialia 11) Mexico 12) Japan 13) Saudi Arabia 14) USA, Ismamic Republic of Iran 15) Kenya
Individual must notify seminar tutor of the country chosen, and two individuals cannot choose same country or topic. It is important that, wherever possible, you apply the concepts introduced in the module to support your analysis. You should look through the Central Bank Reports, World Bank Reports, The Economist, Financial Times, Business Week, the Internet and other sources for data and information. You must appropriately reference materials used in your report. Evidence of sound research and independent reasoning will be rewarded.
The Report should be written-up in MS word. Charts, diagrams and graphs (where appropriate) should be incorporated into text, adequately discussed and sources duly acknowledged.
Marking scheme and assessment criteria
Achievement of the module learning outcomes will be assessed in relation to the depth of critical evaluation and problems solving skills required by a professional practitioner making sound, logical and coherent economic decisions in the context of the global economy. Pursuant of this, grades will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:
- Sound knowledge of the questions and applicable theories
- Evidence of extensive research and appropriate referencing
- Critical evaluation and coherent analysis
- Thoughtful recommendations and robust conclusion
Word limit: 3500 maximum.
Deadline for submission of report is Dec 10th 2020, before 13:00 hr through turn-it-in.
- Individual presentation and feedback on line 3rd Dec 2020.
- Deadline for submission of report: 10th Dec 2020.
- Date of final examination will be announced by the school in due course.
Individual presentation will hold on (3/12/2020). Feedback on individual on-line presentation will be provided immediately after the presentation. Feedback from individual presentation will form the basis for improving your individual report, which is due 10/12/20. Please contact your seminar tutor/Module Leader for assistance, if required.