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030676 KU Financial Studies (2010W)

Introduction to political economics

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 11.12. 10:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal U18 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Saturday 18.12. 10:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal U18 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Saturday 15.01. 10:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal U18 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course makes use of the following textbook: Peter Bofinger, Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre, 2. Auflage (edition), Pearson Studium, 2006. In order to achieve the main objective of the course, I shall present in each lecture only a brief survey of the scheduled chapter(s) of the textbook. Then I will discuss with the students the central "messages" in the context of present economic problems. Hence, it is indispensable that students prepare for each lecture by reading the scheduled chapters from the Bofinger textbook (or from other reading materials indicated in the schedule). In general, this textbook is written in a stimulating style and does not presuppose knowledge in economics. If something remains unclear to the student after the pre-reading we shall discuss the issue in class.

Assessment and permitted materials


Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The main objective of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the basic relationships governing economics and public finance. Using the economics taught in class, students will form their own views on key problems in the national and international economy, such as unemployment, public debt, and the instability of financial markets.

Examination topics

The main objective of the course is to promote and deepen the understanding of economic relationships. This goal is best achieved when students participate in class. Consequently, class participation will play an essential part of this course and will be taken into account when computing students' grades. The relative grading weights are as follows:
Participation in discussions in class: 20%
Final exam: 80%

Reading list

Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre von Peter Bofinger, 2. Auflage, Pearson Studium, 2006

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