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NES2102 : Agricultural Economics and Policy

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard
  • Lecturer: Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 two main sections:

1) Principles of agricultural economics
2) Agricultural and Agri-environment policies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Take home coursework report (100%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion24:008:00Preparation for workshops and associated formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0012:00Module lecturer will give students relevant reading to prepare for lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Workshops will provide an opportunity for students to practice their analytical skills and undertake formative assessment exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Drop-in surgeries for students to ask questions and seek guidance on the assessed exercise.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will have full access to all reading materials. Class discussion, Q/A sessions, debates will be encouraged during class. Lecture material is comprehensive, 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 critical analytical skills and extend and apply 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
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWorkshops where students develop and practise their analytical skills under guidance
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative 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 critical analytical skills and report writing skills.

The formative assessment provides an opportunity for students to practice their analytical problem solving skills in a guided workshop environment.

Reading Lists