Public Finance

Full module specification

Module title:Public Finance
Module code:BEE2005
Module level:2
Academic year:2013/4
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Simon James - Lecturer
Module credit:30
ECTS value:

15

Pre-requisites:

BEE1031 and BEE1027 or BEE1029 or BEE1030 or BEE1034

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

12

Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Duration (weeks) - term 3:

2

Module aims

The aim of this module is to reinforce students’ ability to undertake economic analysis and to apply it to a whole range of policy issues relating to the public sector. By the end of the module students will be able to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of public sector activity and assess particular suggestions for improvement. On the revenue side, the module aims to enable individuals to analyse particular taxes and proposed tax reforms in terms of efficiency and equity.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate a contextual appreciation of the role of the public sector
  • 2. demonstrate an understanding and ability to analyse important issues in public expenditure
  • 3. demonstrate an understanding and ability to analyse important issues in taxation
  • 4. demonstrate an understanding of the principles, policy and practice relating to major taxes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. deal with issues of public finance using both theoretical and empirical contributions

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. analyse critically issues in both theoretical and practical contexts
  • 7. develop written communication skills

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
48252

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours25Lectures
23Tutorials

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignment: written assignment on a question selected from a wide range.Open1-7Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
100

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination1003 hours: 4 questions from a choice of 10.1-7Performance summary

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
3 hour examination (100%)3 hour examination, 4 questions from a choice of 10.1-7August September

Syllabus plan

• The Role of the Public Sector
• Principles of Taxation
• Issues of Public Expenditure
• Taxation Policy and Practice

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

J. Cullis and P. Jones, (2009) Public Finance and Public Choice, 3rd ed. (location) Oxford University Press

S. James and C. Nobes (2011), The Economics of Taxation: Principles, Policy and Policy, 11th ed., Birmingham: Fiscal Publications.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

01/09/1997

Last revision date

12/09/2013