Not too easy. Not too difficult.
When it comes to Economics at University of Essex, Gianluigi Vernasca is usualy the reason why students are so eager learn that degree and finish it. He teaches in a very relaxed way with many examples and he puts a big emphasis on the practicality of the course, the material and how it will be of use in the future modules/life.
This course is just an introduction to Economics. It presents and explains the big questions of micro- and macro-economics. In the Autumn Term theories of individual (micro) behaviour are introduced, including consumer decision-making as well firms’ conduct in different market structures. In the Spring Term the focus shifts to the study of aggregate (macro) level economic activity: inflation, unemployment, business cycles and economic growth. The national economy is analysed in a global environment that includes international trade, monetary and financial systems. The effects of government policy and the choice of those policies is analysed throughout the module.
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Advice for students:
Study each week. While the course is an introduction, it provides you with a lot of information and most of it is connected. If you expect to study everything in the last week before the exam you'll have trouble. You won't be able to understand much in the second semestre if you don't know the material from the first, because the whole macro theory is built on the micro one. Knowing one makes it easy to understand the other. Also, Vernasca provides huge support so don't ever be too shy to ask him for guidance or additional material if you don't understand something or if you simply just want more.