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CORE in Action: The “Sustainable Development” Classroom

18/09/2016

Dr Teresa Healy, Associate Professor and Chair at SIT Graduate Institute writes about the advantages and challenges of using the CORE syllabus as part of a course on sustainable international development. Students come from all over the world to the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont to study sustainable international and community-development. In the spring of 2016, I journeyed through the CORE economics curriculum with a group of 16 MA students. Coming from different countries, social identities and academic backgrounds, the students shared a common desire to explore solutions to economic problems, and become self-confident social justice advocates. What they did […]

Putting CORE to work: UCL’s First Year Challenge

12/09/2016

Parama Chaudhury and Christian Spielmann, both UCL, write about the First Year Challenge, which has been shortlisted in the “Outstanding Digital Innovation” category of the Times Higher Education annual awards.  One of the highlights of the start of the academic year at UCL is the First Year Challenge (FYC) – we are thrilled that the FYC has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Digital Innovation category of the Times Higher Education annual awards. The FYC is a co-curricular digital research project for first year undergraduates studying economics based on the first unit of The CORE Project’s ebook, The Economy. They start on the project […]

From UCL: Results are in!

18/08/2016

Professor Antonio Cabrales and Dr Christian Spielmann report preliminary second-year results from University College London – the first cohort to have taken the CORE syllabus. “But, will students who took the CORE intro course be well-prepared for their intermediate economics courses in year two?” Since the introduction of the CORE syllabus at University College London in 2014, this was the question we were most regularly asked by colleagues. Teachers, administrators and even students echoed this concern around the world. We were often tempted to answer: “Yes – they will do well” – we were confident that CORE was teaching them both the economics and […]

CORE in Atlanta: The CTREE Conference

01/07/2016

Earlier this month, Christian Spielmann, Parama Chaudhury, Alvin Birdi and Peter Matthews travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, to talk to attendees of the Conference on Teaching and Research in Economics Education about the CORE experience. Below is an except from Parama’s updates from the conference. “As a long-time teacher of introductory economics, I had always been intrigued by the use of “widgets” as the focus of discussion about costs and production in intro texts. This was before smartphones and iPads, so it wasn’t referring to a little icon on your screen. As a non-native English speaker, I wondered what a widget is, […]

Introducing Unit 20: Innovation, information and the networked economy

21/06/2016

The study of innovation is missing from most undergraduate economics textbooks. When it is included, it is often relegated to the back of the book. But we’d argue that understanding the economics of innovation is fundamental to understanding growth and technological progress, which is why we have released our first entirely new unit for more than a year (Unit 20), titled Innovation, information and the networked economy. Professor Diane Coyle (University of Manchester), one of the authors of the unit (the others are Georg von Graevenitz of Queen Mary University of London, Sam Bowles and Wendy Carlin) points out that: “The economics of innovation […]

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