BSc in Economics, Business and Law
This programme permits the most wide-ranging studies. It has, however, an important underlying theme. All business activities take place within a framework of law. Well functioning legal institutions are crucial to economic progress, and the connection between the legal system and the success of business has been shown repeatedly in the 20th Century.
Students taking this programme might be aiming to enter the legal profession by going on to take the Common Professional Examination. Their studies at Buckingham might then lead them to specialise in areas of law such as anti-trust, securities regulation, taxation and so forth. Alternatively, the programme is well suited to students who intend to take an MBA degree before entering business. Of course, the programme is also available to students who simply recognise the interface between law, business and economics as a fascinating and crucially important area.
The Department employs a variety of teaching methods in different modules. Lectures and small group tutorials form the backbone of the teaching. Personal contact with members of the academic staff is considered to be essential if each student’s personal enthusiasm for their studies is to be stimulated.
A range of activities is pursued within the tutorial groups depending upon the module. Some modules emphasise problem solving as a means of reinforcing and cementing the important ideas – for example the module in Microeconomic Theory.
Occasionally we use game playing to encourage discussion and understanding – for example when competing groups of students try to control a computer model of the economy in Principles of Macroeconomics. Other modules place greater emphasis on writing short and accurate technical pieces (Welfare Economics) or longer more discursive papers (Business and Society).
In addition, A dissertation on an approved topic may be substituted for a written examination in ONE Second-year elective with the approval of the lecturer concerned and the Head of Department.