BAEcon Economics and Social Statistics / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

The BA (Hons) Economics and Social Statistics degree - or BA (Econ) for short - is a flexible, innovative course that brings together research-led teaching in accounting, business, economics, politics and sociology and offers a considerable depth of insight into contemporary business. Other key features include:

  • learning from key experts in contemporary business and social sciences;
  • developing specialist working knowledge of social statistics;
  • enjoying a broad degree course that offers flexibility and choice;
  • working within a community of students studying different disciplines; and
  • the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

Economics doesn't function in isolation, which is why you'll study it in context at Manchester. Commercial practices are best understood and explored through an understanding of the environments in which businesses function.

Aims

This course offers advanced social statistics teaching for students with a grounding in maths and/or statistics (gained either at A-level or on the specialist first year course units you'll take alongside all of our BA Econ students).

Social statistics uses data, which can be numbers, text, sounds, images, memories or experiences; to study human behaviour and social environments. We will use it to ask questions about business environments, the ways they function and their impact.   

Your contact with a broad range of disciplines within the BA (Econ) means you'll gain a range of perspectives on business, for example:

  • politics - the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and their impact on businesses and economies;
  • economics - the role of the labour and finance markets, micro- and macroeconomic factors;
  • sociology - employees and consumer, behaviour, demographic changes and how companies must adapt to changing populations.

Special features

The BA (Econ) in Economics and Social Statistics course is one of the largest degrees in the University's School of Social Sciences and you'll be joining a community of students specialising in a wide variety of disciplines, including our three new Social Statistics pathways.

Despite our size, the BA (Econ) has a strong sense of identity and a tight-knit community of students working together across their disciplines. The flexibility of the degree means you can specialise in the areas that fascinate you, while also being assured of a broad grounding in economics and its related disciplines.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields, from the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology) and Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management).

Economics with social statistics, politics, sociology or philosophy, all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year.

Professional experience opportunity

Subject to you meeting course requirements, as a BA (Econ) student at Manchester, you have the option of extending your studies and boosting your employability through a paid professional placement year.

If you are interested in the 'with Professional Experience' option, you may apply in your first or second year and, if successful, your course will be extended to four years. You will complete your placement in your third year, before returning to University to finish your final year.

Upon graduation, your degree title will be extended to include 'with Professional Experience', giving you the added advantage of relevant work experience when entering the competitive graduate jobs market.

Teaching and learning

Economics course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, a member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The BA (Hons) Economics and Social Studies programme, and the Economics and Social Statistics specialisation in particular, offers a wide variety of course units.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding, including:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding;
  • dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently;
  • presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork;
  • exams.

Course content for year 1

The first year is designed to give you a solid foundation in the study of Economics and a wider understanding of the business environment.

The Economics and Social Statistics pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme is a modular course and in your first year you take 120 credits overall (so between 10-12 individual course units) made up of:

  • 40 credits of Economics
  • 20 credits of Mathematics/Statistics
  • 40 credits of Social Sciences - eg Sociology, Social Anthropology or Philosophy
  • Remaining 20 credits from other disciplines - including Social Sciences, Finance, Development, Applied Statistics, Economic History or Study Skills.

At the end of your first year you can change onto another pathway, such as Development Studies or Economics and Politics, depending on your own academic interests, as they all share a common first year.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Adv Maths - BAEcon & BSc Econ ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10172 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON10232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10241 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON10262 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10331 10 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10181 20 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10042 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10631 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Key Ideas in Social Anthropology SOAN10321 10 Optional
Intro to Ethnographic Reading SOAN10322 10 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Study Skills and Independent Learning SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional
Inequalities in Contemporary British Society SOCY10401 20 Optional
Contested Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10442 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10461 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Understanding Social Media SOST10012 20 Optional
Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) SOST10021 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 47 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In your second year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you specialise in one pathway, such as Economics, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

If you decide to specialise in Economics as a single pathway you will be required to take Econometrics in either your second or final year. This is required by most postgraduate economics courses.

Joint pathway

If you specialise on a joint pathway such as the Economics and Politics you also take a maximum of 80 credits in any one pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 units from across the University.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Microeconomics 3 ECON20021 10 Optional
Microeconomics 4 ECON20022 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 3 ECON20031 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 4 ECON20032 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
Economics and History ECON20212 10 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20501 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20512 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20521 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20532 10 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20042 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20231 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20242 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20262 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20271 20 Optional
Existentialism PHIL23001 20 Optional
Hegel and Marx PHIL23022 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective POLI20742 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Anthropology of Kinship, Gender and Sex SOAN20801 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20822 20 Optional
Materiality and Representation SOAN20852 20 Optional
Contested Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20232 20 Optional
New Media SOCY20241 20 Optional
Social Change in China SOCY20282 20 Optional
Family, Relationships and Everyday Life SOCY20701 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20961 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST20142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 65 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year you take 120 credits overall.

Single pathway

If you specialise in a single pathway, such as Economics, you can take a minimum of 80 credits in that single area and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathways

If you specialise in a joint pathway such as Economics and Sociology you take a minimum of 50 credits from each of the two disciplines, and choose the split between the two pathways that you prefer.

At the end of your course your degree title will be BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Economics and Social Statistics.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Data Science Modelling SOST30062 20 Mandatory
Quantitative Evaluation (of Policies, Interventions and Experiments) SOST30172 20 Mandatory
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Case Studies In Digital Transformation BMAN32051 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Advanced Microeconomics ECON30001 20 Optional
Advanced Macroeconomics ECON30002 20 Optional
Topics in Inequality & Poverty ECON30041 10 Optional
The Chinese Economy ECON30102 10 Optional
Natural Resource Economics ECON30232 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
Micro Econometrics ECON30342 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 20 Optional
Topics in Economic History ECON30511 20 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Money, Banking & Financial Markets ECON30852 10 Optional
Managerial Economics II ECON31002 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Public Economics ECON32121 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
International Trade and Policy ECON32191 20 Optional
Health Economics ECON32202 10 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Advanced Social Network Analysis SOST30022 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 3

Course content for year 4

If completing a year professional placement, you will take the Year 3 course content in Year 4.

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