State and Market - Economics and Populism

Ref: C3741420

'The notion that a global capitalist economy hitched to a liberal internationalism can bring peace, progress and prosperity has taken a beating.' (The Economist) We shall examine the role of economics in promoting or countering such disillusion and consider whether globalization increases or decreases living standards and income equality. What should be the appropriate policy responses to demographic and technological trends? How can large private corporations and public sector organizations be regulated in the public interest, and what should be the ultimate goals of economic policy-making?

Course aim

This course aims to equip students to evaluate critically current arguments about the nature of economic policy-making in a globalized context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course follows on from the economics course held in 2017, but new members are welcome.

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

  • Assess critically the views of politicians and the media about current trends in the international economy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces behind recent trends in the distribution of incomes, both within developed countries and between those countries and the Third World.
  • Discuss the implications for family, friends, and wider society of technological change

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 will be expected to read the extensive notes circulated in advance of each week's topic

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?

  • The Tutor will provide a 'book box' from his own library in which students are encouraged to browse and from which they may borrow.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students are strongly encouraged to read the 'City' pages of a serious newspaper regularly, and/or to subscribe to 'The Economist' weekly magazine

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Students should be equipped to take an on-line course in Economics, of which many are on offer from universities in the UK and the US.

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State and Market - Economics and Populism


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