When you are in your penultimate year of your Economics degree, you will receive an email about selecting your final year modules around this time of the year. This is probably the first time you will have an option to select optional modules (unless you study Economics and Accounting) so it’s important that you put a lot of thought into selecting the right ones for you.
I’m the type of person who literally selected my final year modules in my first year (I was keen) and I thought I was all set until I got that email and started doubting what I wanted to choose. There’s so many things to consider when selecting the right modules for you, for example, are you interested in that subject? Do you do better in maths based or essay based subject? Would you prefer 100% exam or more coursework? What modules would be better for your future career?
There are some things you can look to for help:
- The module information
You can find this under your course information on the University of Leicester website. You can also find a more detailed description in the Final Year Optional Modules handbook which is linked in the mail you receive and you can find it here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/economics/support/personal/student-handbooks
- Past Papers
If you are wondering what exactly you will be tested on and how the exam is set up, you can look at past papers: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/economics/support/exams-and-assessment/previous-exam-papers . They will be able to give you an idea of if you are likely to succeed in that module and if the exam plays to your strengths.
- Email the lecturer
If you have a few concerns about the module you can always email the lecturer to answer any questions and clear up any confusion you may have.
- Ask final year students
If you happen to know anyone in their final year, you can ask them about what modules they chose and if they know anyone who studied the modules you are interested in. They will be able to give you a students’ perspective on the course and hopefully offer you an honest review.
- Textbooks and online resources
If you still want a better picture on what you are likely to learn, you can look into textbooks on the subject in the library or search online.
I hope this helps!