Economics: Problems of Growth and Globalisation

Ref: C3741163

For two generations economic policy-making has been based on producing prosperity and full employment through the promotion of free trade and capital movements internationally, and through encouraging competition domestically. But more recently questions about the disadvantages of such policies have come to the fore. Has free trade brought prosperity to rich countries at the expense of poorer ones, especially in the global supply chains which are now such a feature of manufacturing? Has the process of economic growth within the developed countries resulted in unacceptable concentrations of wealth and income? Is it time to re-appraise society's goals, and the roles of the individual corporations and of government? In attempting to answer these questions we shall interweave economic theory and policy-making with history.

Course aim

To provide a historical and analytic framework within which to assess current controversies in politics and economics

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course follows on from the previous courses on economics held in 2015 and 2016, but new members are welcome

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Assess critically views expressed by politicians and in the media about the advantages and disadvantages of free trade and globalization
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the problems faced by developing countries in raising their living standards
  • Participate knowledgeably in discussions about the distribution of income and the forces shaping the future patterns of work and leisure

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Your tutor will provide an extensive 'book box' from his own library which you will be welcome to browse in and borrow from. Extensive notes will be provided for reading in advance of each week's topic

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students are strongly encouraged to keep up to date with current economic discussions, for example by reading the relevant 'City' pages of a serious newspaper or subscribing to the weekly magazine 'The Economist'

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course would equip students who wished to take their economics studies further to pursue any number of on-line courses offered by universities

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Economics: Problems of Growth and Globalisation Course Outline


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