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Economics BA (C), Independent Work, 15 Credits

General data

Code: NA006G
Subject/Main field: Nationalekonomi
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (C)
Credits: 15
Progressive specialization: G2E - First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Answerable department: Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Date of change: 6/10/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


The purpose of the independent work is to give experience in independently and critically analyzing different problems in economics using available scientific methods and the knowledge acquired in other courses, and in clearly structuring and formulating a presentation of the analytical results.

Course objectives

By the end of this course students should:

Have the ability to identify and formulate problems in economics in a critical and independent way.

Have the ability to clearly present and discuss the conclusions, knowledge and arguments of the results at a seminar with course participants.

Have the skills that are required to giving constructive criticism on a paper written by other students at a seminar with course participants.


The object of independent work is to give practice in independent and critical analysis of economic problems using available scientific methods and the knowledge acquired in other courses. The paper must be defended in a seminar. Besides defending ones own paper there is also responsibility to serve as discussant for someone else’s paper at the same level.

Entry requirements

Economics Ba (A) and (B), 60 Credits and Ba (C) at least 7,5 Credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

No traditional lectures. Only teaching in form of individual supervision.

Examination form

The course is examined by writing a thesis to be discussed at a seminar with pre-assigned discussants. The course requires active participation in the presentation of a thesis, discussion etc.

To obtain the final grade, a re-written version must be submitted to the supervisor where the views presented at the final seminar have been taken into account.

Another requirement for obtaining a final grade is that each student must send his/her thesis by e-mail to the scrutinizing firm Urkund in order to remove all suspicions of plagiarism.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature


Litteratur som tillkommerL/Added literature:
Ekonomisk debatt
Journal of Economic Literatur
The new Palgrave of dictionary of economics and the Law, London 1998
Uppsatsanvisningar finns även på Studentportalen i mappen för Nationalek C/You find instructions for the Independent Work at Studentportalen and Nationalekonomi C.