Economics in the News

Ref: C3744469

Economics is always in the news, but the papers and broadcasts rarely have the space or time to explain properly the differing economic theories and viewpoints which give rise to contested policies. In these sessions we shall discuss topics of current interest, to be selected each week by the class members themselves. Amongst the topics likely to be chosen are: the current state of and prospects for the British economy; international trade relationships, e.g. between the UK and the EU, or between the USA and China; whether there are adequate defences in place against another financial crisis; whether the NHS should be financed, at least in part, through private insurance; or whether economists have useful contributions to make to debates on climate change.

Course aim

To analyse economic topics currently in the news at greater depth than is generally possible for commentators in the newspapers or on the radio or TV: the topics will be selected each week by the class itself

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is designed to follow on from previous economics courses given by the tutor at Maidenhead, but new members with a lively interest in economics and some acquaintance with economic theory will be welcome

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

  • Analyse critically the coverage of current economic controversies in print and broadcast media
  • Identify the different schools of economic thought which lie behind contrasting economic policy prescriptions
  • Enjoy further exploration of economics

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
  • The tutor will supply a carefully-selected library from which students will be encouraged to select to further their own interests in economic policy. Extensive notes will be supplied on each topic selected: students will be expected to keep up to date with current media coverage.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will be a great deal of 'guided' class discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Once the class has decided on a topic which it wishes to discuss, the tutor will prepare extensive notes for the class to read in advance of the particular session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Class members are expected to keep up to date with the coverage of economic topics in a serious newspaper or weekly magazine (e.g.'The Economist')

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Economics in the News

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