Seminar on Contemporary Economic Issues III

lecon2382  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on Contemporary Economic Issues III
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
Students debate on a topical issue.
- They write a report with a defense supporting their view. They rely on the economic knowledge they have acquired, on the specialized business press (e.g.  Economic Voice) and possibly on new literature.
- They then debate orally.
- They write a summary of the discussions.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the activity, students will be able
- to synthesize the elements that are essential to the understanding a topical economic problem,
- to activate and mobilize their economic knowledge,
- to conduct a clear and structured analytical reasoning by applying conceptual frameworks and analytic models,
- to demonstrate intellectual independence in reasoning,
- to express a message in a clear and structured way, both orally and in writing,
- to present his/her case in a relevant and persuasive manner.
European Economic Policy in Africa.
Africa and Europe are continental neighbours with significant flows between them in natural resources, ideas and people. This seminar will examine how European policies affect economic outcomes in different African countries. The course will examine tradeoffs between multilateral and bilateral interventions. How does EU policy towards Africa differ from interests of individual European countries? Topics covered will include migration, trade, and development finance.
Teaching methods
The course will consist of lectures and guided oral presentations from students. Students will be exposed to contemporary debates and papers that combine economic theory and empirics to address those debates.
Evaluation methods
Depending on the health situation, evaluations will be based on the quality of intermediate and final written work, on the quality of oral presentations and on the discussion about the work of the other students.
Online resources
Slides, homework exercises, and compulsory readings will be available on the course webpage on Moodle UCL (
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Economics: General