This page gathers important information about the implications of the Covid-19 situation when it comes to the activities of the Department of Economics.
The Department of Economics
Updated January 13
Measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/covid-19
Lund University has just decided to intensify the restrictions in the wake of the dramatic surge in the number of covid-19 cases. Hence, the new guidelines emphasise that we shall further restrict activities on campus in the coming weeks. The intensified restrictions apply until January 31. The reason for taking a decision for such a short period is that the aim is not to be online any longer than necessary.
When it comes to assessment, all written exams remain on campus, in accordance with the guidelines from the Public Health Agency, in premises with appropriate infection control measures. Hence, in addition to the considerations taken by LU Estate when it comes to distance, we have booked extra space (or rooms) to ensure that there is sufficient space in the exam rooms.
Please arrive early before the start of the exam and avoid crowding by keeping an appropriate distance. The exam supervisors will provide hand sanitizer spray and face masks.
When it comes to teaching, it will be more restricted until January 31:
- All lectures and introductory sessions are online.
- Supervision, seminars, exercises and labs may be on campus if crowding can be avoided
After January 31, the intention is to return to teaching in line with the plan that was valid before today's decision, i,e, mainly teaching on campus but some sessions online. If the covid situation has not improved until January 31, it may be necessary to extend the more restricted teaching beyond January 31.
Please see each course site in Canvas for details of how this affects your course. Since the new guidelines was decided today, it may take a few days for each course to alter the planning.
As before, it is important that you stay at home if you have symptoms or have been confirmed to have covid-19 or if you are in quarantine, e.g. because a family member has been confirmed to have covid-19. Please be considerate and follow this simple rule.
Please note that we are continuously monitoring the recommendations from the government and the university and update and modify our teaching and assessment formats in line with current recommendations.
Joakim Gullstrand (Head of Department)
Pontus Hansson (Study Director)
Updated January 11
The university follows the government’s and the Public Health Agency’s recommendations for colleges and universities. After the latest recommendations of January 10, we are expected to continue with teaching and assessment on campus while at the same time making sure that crowding is avoided on campus. This decision reflects the government’s consideration of the possible impacts of the spread of covid-19 on the society at large as well as the effects of the educational format on students’ learning process and their possibility to have fair assessments.
The exact mix between campus and online activities differs among courses. Details regarding the format used for a course will be specified on the course site on Canvas before the course starts.
Please note that we are continuously monitoring the recommendations from the government and the university and update and modify our teaching and assessment formats in line with current recommendations. This means that the educational format described on our course sites applies for the time being and may change swiftly if new recommendations are issued.
Joakim Gullstrand (Head of the department)
Pontus Hansson (Study director)
Updated January 4
Just before Christmas, the Swedish government issued new guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/covid-19. For Universities, the new guidelines state that we can keep most of our activities on campus as long as we take precautions to ensure that we avoid crowding and keep an appropriate distance.
You should stay at home if you have symptoms or have been confirmed to have covid-19 or if you are in quarantine. Please be considerate and follow this simple rule. If you miss an exam for this reason, there is a retake five-seven weeks after the original exam.
When it comes to assessment, all written exams remain on campus. We will take some temporary precautions to ensure the possibility to keep an appropriate distance.
When it comes to teaching, we will mostly remain on campus. However, in line with the guidelines from the government, the university and LUSEM, we will undertake some measures to reduce crowding on campus:
- Switching part of the campus activities to online alternatives.
- Switching lectures with more than 100 students to an online format.
Please note that we are continuously monitoring the recommendations from the government and the university and update and modify our teaching and assessment formats in line with current recommendations. This means that the above restrictions apply until further notice and may change if new recommendations are issued.
Updated December 21
Teaching and assessment continue on campus – but avoid crowding
On 21 December, the government decided on new restrictions due to the increased spread of infection in society. The new restrictions entail at the current time no major changes for the University regarding education and assessment.
The University’s education and assessment are to continue to be conducted on campus as far as possible. Exams in January will be carried out on campus as planned, but with the avoidance of crowding. Natural social distancing from each other is already in place in examination halls.
Updated December 16
The Swedish government have reintroduced some recommendations to prevent the spread of covid-19. So far, it does not affect university teaching. The recommendation is to continue with campus teaching.
However, the government emphasize that everyone have a high degree of individual responsibility. On your way to and from campus, you shall keep a distance to fellow students and others. While there are currently no restrictions on the number of people in class, we should still spread out in the classroom and maintain a distance between us to the extent that it is possible.
The government also emphasize that the best protection of ourselves and others are to be vaccinated. As before, everyone who have symptoms shall stay at home. This also applies if anyone in your household has covid-19. If possible, avoid public transport during rush hour (and use a face mask if crowding cannot be avoided).
If the spread of covid-19 continue to surge, it is likely that we will move to the next stage of the Government’s restrictions, which may include partially moving the teaching back online. If this happens, we will inform you.
Updated Corona information for LUSEM students and staff (updated Dec 8)
Covid-19 related information
If you have any questions or comments related to the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on our activities, please contact us through phone or email: