What is the course about?
We hear about the economic crisis. Politicians and the media talk of little else, and it affects us all. The course is about this crisis, the competing theories to explain its causes, how it differs from previous crises, and how we might overcome it. In the process, we will discuss basic notions of economics, as this course is specifically designed for learners who have no prior knowledge of the subject. [Tutor: Christian Michel}.
What will we cover?
We will discuss questions such as the domination of nature, the impact of work on the environment, what is wealth, what is money, does trade benefit all parties, is there a purpose to markets, the morality of government intervention and taxation, how to assess public policies, etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
– perceive what is at stake and not always visible in what is called ‘the economy’
– explain to yourself and to others the main economic concepts
– decrypt the jargon of politicians and the media
– participate in the national conversation on economic issues (including at the office and in the pub)
– be a more responsible producer, saver, consumer and voter.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone interested in what is happening in the world, without any prior knowledge of
economics. No maths, no jargon, and the few necessary technical words will be made plain. If you can read a
newspaper, you are able to follow the course.
You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about new ideas with which you may not agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Clear visual presentations and group discussions will enliven each lesson. There will be no homework, but students will receive by email the slides used in class together with comments, as follow-ups to the lessons.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Just an open mind, curious about the world we live in, and a willingness to listen to opinions you do not
always agree with are all that is needed to participate.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HB011 - Global economy and finance
HB030 - Introduction to economics.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details