What is the course about?
14 million people (1 in 5 of the population) in the UK now live in poverty. 1.5 million are destitute - unable to afford even basic essentials for everyday life. Child poverty is predicted to be 40% by 2022 if the current programme of austerity is not drastically altered. The UN described the UK government as being in a 'state of denial' over the extent of the UK's current situation. The UN described austerity as inflicting 'great misery' on UK citizens.
In this course we will investigate why austerity was embarked upon, the policies that have been implemented, and the effects these have had to people at large. We will look at the economic, social and political implications of austerity.
What will we cover?
- The 2008 crash and its aftermath
- The economics and ideas of austerity
- The coalition and the implementation of austerity
- 'Living within our means': how austerity policies have progressed through the coalition, Conservative majority, and DUP-supported governments
- The impact of austerity on contemporary Britain: society, politics, crime and inequality
- 'Austerity is over', long live austerity: austerity in 2019.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain the economic ideas behind austerity programmes
- Analyse whether austerity programmes are effective in achieving their aims
- Recognise the impact of austerity programmes on different sectors of society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. There is no previous knowledge required or expected. A good level of English will be required to keep up with the course. As with all of our courses curiosity, an open mind, and willingness to engage is more important than any particular skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be taught through a combination of tutor presentations and class discussion. There may be some in-class reading, and engagement with statistics and metrics.
There will be no work outside of class, although reading can be recommended for those who wish to look at the subject in further detail.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs.
A pen and paper, or laptop, to write notes may be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out our range of politics, economics and history courses on our website or in our prospectus.