Media

18/02/2017

Does Economics Still Work?

Wendy Carlin was a guest on a BBC World Service programme In the Balance, in an episode called ‘Does Economics Still Work?’. Listen to the programme here (BBC iPlayer).

05/01/2017

Students thrive thanks to ‘Freakonomics revamp’ of economics

Students thrive from the CORE curriculum revamp “by throwing new light on the problems students care about…”.

27/12/2016

Of capitalists and pirates

“A new kind of introduction to the study of Economics” now used in Germany, with emphasis on real world examples, economic history, inequality, power, game theory and much more. Original article, and our translation into English.

16/10/2016

Revolution in the lecture hall

Die Welt reports on the CORE project and presents the experience of students at Humboldt University of Berlin, the first students in Germany being taught CORE. Original article, and our translation into English.

06/09/2016

How economists want to end their own crisis

Coverage of the meeting of The Association of German Economists, at which CORE presented. “The president of the German Association of Economists, Monika Schnitzer, was in awe of the online textbook,” it says, adding that CORE will be “taught at Humboldt University in Berlin by local professor Nikolaus Wolf”. Original article, and our translation into English.

06/09/2016

Captain Blackbeard explains Economics

Coverage of the meeting of The Association of German Economists, at which CORE presented. “We cannot yet explain why [CORE] works”, says Bowles, “but it works”. The title is a reference to our unit on property and power, which points out the rights enjoyed by 18th century pirates. Our translation into English.

06/07/2016

Shortlist for the 2016 NS Speri prize for political economy

CORE’s Wendy Carlin is one of five “world-class political economists” shortlisted for the New Statesman’s award, given every two years to “the scholar who has succeeded most effectively in disseminating original and critical ideas in political economy to a wider public audience over the preceding two or three years”. The prize is awarded in September.

01/05/2016

Rethinking university teaching in Economics

Oikonomics, an e-journal of the Open University of Catalonia, brings an interview with Elisenda Paluzie, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona, who highlights CORE’s contribution to the evolution in teaching Economics. Our translation into English.

28/04/2016

Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Overview of curriculum reform in UK, including CORE. “After years of campaigning, universities are making modifications to their courses, or adding new ones,” it says.

01/04/2016

From Lahore to Sheffield – Workshops on implementing and teaching the new CORE Intro course

Alvin Birdi explains CORE’s global programme of teaching workshops: “The aim is to introduce delegates from a range of departments to the ethos of CORE and its distinctive teaching methodology… and to share experiences of teachers and students who have already used CORE in their first year courses.”

03/03/2016

Changing how economics is taught

Wendy Carlin replies to a BBC Global Business documentary on the need for a change in economics teaching. “Change is well under way,” she writes.

30/04/2015

The Royal Economic Society newsletter

In its April 2015 newsletter the RES discusses the contribution of CORE, and the reaction to it (pages 13-16).

14/04/2015

Premji varsity introducing new syllabus

The Times of India carries an interview with Venu Narayan, director of the School of Liberal Studies and Strategic Development at Azim Premji University, which begins teaching CORE in July. Why CORE? “The existing UG syllabus for economics is too narrowly designed. We do not have a negative agenda of rejecting everything that exists; our aim is to enrich the experience and give India a modern perspective,” he says.

14/04/2015

Pragmatism works best in the reform of economics

John Kay reports on the curriculum reform debate at the Paris INET conference which featured CORE. Economics, he concludes, is “not like philosophy or literary criticism, where the value for both students and researchers lies mainly in the debate itself, rather than the acquisition of a body of specific practical knowledge.”

10/04/2015

Teaching real-world economics to undergraduates

In a video interview Ferdinando Giugliano, the correspondent who visited UCL for a lecture, talks about how universities have started to teach courses (including CORE) based on lessons learnt after the financial crisis.

10/04/2015

Students weigh the value of new economics course

The FT sat in on one of the CORE lectures at UCL: “the extensive use of data… alongside the interactive material and quizzes really seem to make a difference.” With comment from Martin Wolf (“The teaching of economics to undergraduates must focus on core ideas, essential questions and actual realities.”)

07/03/2015

Making a push for fresh economics syllabi

Article for India’s second-largest English-language newspaper on economics curriculum, featuring interview with Wendy Carlin on innovations of CORE, soon to be introduced at Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Today’s students are being taught inappropriate models for understanding modern macroeconomic development, she says: “And because those standard models became the easy thing to teach everyone learnt them. Somehow, nobody quite asked why.”

21/02/2015

Real-life economics

CORE contributor Margaret Stevens replies to the 7 February Economist article to emphasise that the solution to narrow orthodoxy is to “set economic questions in social, political, ethical and behavioural contexts… I want to teach my students to be economists, not adherents of one or more schools of thought.”

15/02/2015

Nichts gelernt aus der Finanzkrise

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on whether we have “learned nothing from the financial crisis”. Interviews Wendy Carlin. In German, paywall. English translation here.

12/02/2015

Free thinking: Britain’s economy

Panel featuring Wendy Carlin discusses topics including whether academic economics accurately reflects the business world, and whether it prepares students to be good economists.

07/02/2015

The economics curriculum is evolving, but too slowly for some

Discussion of how far curriculum reform should go: whether traditional textbooks overemphasise theory: “By contrast, the new material challenges students to consider real-world topics from the outset.”

06/02/2015

Esta Economia não é para novos

Portuguese business magazine discusses the contribution to curriculum reform of The CORE Project and the work of steering committee member Sam Bowles, among others. In Portuguese, requires subscription.

09/12/2014

The trouble with economics

Diane Coyle and Andrew Haldane discuss how academics and teachers have responded to demands for a new curriculum. It describes CORE, saying it “combines some fundamental tools of economic analysis with history, real world examples and issues of political economy such as power in the workplace, monopoly and ethics.” Paywall.

 

02/12/2014

Teaching economics after the crash

The Guardian’s senior economics commentator Aditya Chakrabortty investigates how academics have responded to the economic crisis. Features interviews with Wendy Carlin and CORE contributor Diane Coyle.

31/10/2014

It’s high time economics students got a better curriculum

In KCL’s Perspectives magazine, CORE economics editor David Hope discusses the origins and the future of the project.

04/10/2014

Per insegnare economia bisogna partire dalla realtà

CORE contributor Davide Melcangi explains our project in Italian.

02/10/2014

Building a new economics for the #Occupy generation

“No young person who has witnessed or participated in the #Occupy protests around the world… can remain wedded to a curriculum which fails to evolve in their wake.”

25/09/2014

Economics needs to reflect a post-crisis world

An FT editorial calls our project as “good news” and suggests that the economics curriculum should “pay more attention to unorthodox thinkers such as Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich Hayek and – yes – even Karl Marx”. Requires free registration.

25/09/2014

The core idea

Edward Hadas writes that CORE is “commendable” and “a real improvement”, but calls for a more radical approach to curriculum reform.

22/09/2014

Universities to revamp economics courses

The first courses using CORE: “Universities across four continents are rolling out a revamped economics curriculum.” Requires free registration.

27/08/2014

How new ‘Core’ curriculum hopes to better prepare students

Interview with Wendy Carlin about what the article calls a “total re-think of the economics syllabus and teaching methods”.

03/07/2014

New teaching for economics

The Royal Economic Society Newsletter explains how our curriculum is structured, with examples.

31/05/2014

It’s folly to replace one orthodoxy with another

Director of the Economics Network Alvin Birdi argues that some criticism of CORE is “far off the mark and unhelpful”. Requires free registration.

23/05/2014

Economics Needs a Revolution

Some academics “conditioned not to understand the complaints” of students.

20/05/2014

Angry economics students are naive – and mostly right

INET board member John Kay recommends curriculum reform.

20/05/2014

Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened

Wendy Carlin interviewed by Viv Davies.

 

16/05/2014

Economics: Change of course

Response to the ISIPE open letter calling for changes in economics teaching.

13/05/2014

Rebellious economics students have a point

John Cassidy on curriculum reform efforts, including CORE.

04/05/2014

The mainstream economics curriculum needs an overhaul

Diane Coyle: there is consensus on the need for curriculum reform, but no agreement on what should be taught.

30/03/2014

Why Minsky Matters

Wendy Carlin interviewed in documentary on Hyman Minsky, and why his thinking on instability should be part of the curriculum.

07/01/2014

Economics Education Has It All Wrong

Tom Keene names Wendy Carlin “Professor of common sense”.

29/12/2013

Which will be the big economies in 15 years? It’s not a done deal

Will Hutton says “The best brains in economics are now working on how economies work in reality”, with reference to CORE.

18/12/2013

Bringing the back of the economics textbook to the front

Wendy Carlin argues for broader curriculum.

05/12/2013

World Update

Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform.

05/12/2013

Today Programme

Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform: link to audio currently not available.

30/11/2013

Colleges are teaching economics backwards

Wonkblog on how “real-world complexities” should be starting point for teaching.

23/11/2013

Keynes’s New Heirs

Discussion of student experience: requires free registration. Also posted on our site here.

20/11/2013

Is the university economics curriculum too far removed from economic concerns of the real world?

Online student debate on CORE and curriculum prompted 1,200 comments in 48 hours.

17/11/2013

Economics explains our world – but economics degrees don’t

Wendy Carlin opinion article on failings of existing curriculum: requires free registration. Also posted on our site here.

12/11/2013

A new economics

Leader argues the case for new thinking in teaching: requires free registration.

11/11/2013

University economics teaching to be overhauled

Launch of CORE project, with description.

11/11/2013

Dismal science seeks fresh thinking after failure in crisis

Wendy Carlin says said students “disenchanted” and lecturers “embarrassed” by the way economics is taught: requires free registration.

11/11/2013

A formula for teaching economics

“Less maths and more history of economic thought might make for more enthusiastic and useful graduates.” Requires free registration.