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Introduction to Economics

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This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Economics.

It will give a basic grounding firstly in microeconomics, then in aggregative macroeconomics, and shows students how an understanding of the basics both of micro and macroeconomics can be of considerable relevance to businesses and to business decision-making.

Learning and teaching

The course is taught through a mix of lectures and small group sessions. There are two Saturday schools.

Coursework and assessment

On the Pathway Programme you will have formal assessments. These will take the form of class tests, written assignments, a course journal or a portfolio. Your assessments are designed to prepare you for further study in a degree setting. To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Reading suggestions

  • Parkin, M. et al. 2014. Economics. 9th ed. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education. Available at:
  • Gillespie, A. 2014 Foundations of economics. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sloman, J. and Jones, E. 2011 Economics and the business environment. 3rd ed.
  • Harlow: FT Prentice Hall Lipsey, R.G. and Chrystal, K. 2015 Economics. 13th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.