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ACE2006 : Agricultural Economics and Policy

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francisco Areal
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module provides students with the basic analytical tools to evaluate the effect of agricultural, trade and environmental policies on welfare. The module explains and uses the principles of agricultural economics to help gaining an understanding of issues and events in the agricultural sector and international trade.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is divided into 3 main sections:
1) Principles of agricultural economics;
2) Agricultural Policy;
3) Current and future agricultural policy issues

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion60:202:00Online quizzes via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Online - Take home coursework report including quantitative analysis (100%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Lectures - will revert to SO where PiP is not permitted
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE each week
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading52:0010:00module lecturer will give students relevant reading for module topics throughout the semester
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0041:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Synchronous Lectures using Zoom
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will have full access to all reading materials in advance of classes. Class discussion, Q/A sessions etc. encouraged during class. Lecture material is comprehensive and extensive, and requires substantial student study outside the classroom. The assignment is set specifically to test learning objectives, and to encourage students to practice their skills and extend their knowledge and understanding to be able to achieve these outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment will consist of a report in which the students will be tested in a range of skills including knowledge and understanding of the concepts and ideas covered during the module as well as analytical skills and report writing related skills.

Reading Lists