Students thrive from the CORE curriculum revamp “by throwing new light on the problems students care about…”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
In its April 2015 newsletter the RES discusses the contribution of CORE, and the reaction to it (pages 13-16).
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.
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.”
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.”)
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.”
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.”
Panel featuring Wendy Carlin discusses topics including whether academic economics accurately reflects the business world, and whether it prepares students to be good economists.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
In KCL’s Perspectives magazine, CORE economics editor David Hope discusses the origins and the future of the project.
CORE contributor Davide Melcangi explains our project in Italian.
“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.”
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.
Edward Hadas writes that CORE is “commendable” and “a real improvement”, but calls for a more radical approach to curriculum reform.
The first courses using CORE: “Universities across four continents are rolling out a revamped economics curriculum.” Requires free registration.
Interview with Wendy Carlin about what the article calls a “total re-think of the economics syllabus and teaching methods”.
The Royal Economic Society Newsletter explains how our curriculum is structured, with examples.
Director of the Economics Network Alvin Birdi argues that some criticism of CORE is “far off the mark and unhelpful”. Requires free registration.
Some academics “conditioned not to understand the complaints” of students.
INET board member John Kay recommends curriculum reform.
Wendy Carlin interviewed by Viv Davies.
John Cassidy on curriculum reform efforts, including CORE.
Diane Coyle: there is consensus on the need for curriculum reform, but no agreement on what should be taught.
Wendy Carlin interviewed in documentary on Hyman Minsky, and why his thinking on instability should be part of the curriculum.
Tom Keene names Wendy Carlin “Professor of common sense”.
Will Hutton says “The best brains in economics are now working on how economies work in reality”, with reference to CORE.
Wendy Carlin argues for broader curriculum.
Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform.
Discussion of CORE and curriculum reform: link to audio currently not available.
Wonkblog on how “real-world complexities” should be starting point for teaching.
Online student debate on CORE and curriculum prompted 1,200 comments in 48 hours.
Wendy Carlin opinion article on failings of existing curriculum: requires free registration. Also posted on our site here.
Leader argues the case for new thinking in teaching: requires free registration.
Launch of CORE project, with description.
Wendy Carlin says said students “disenchanted” and lecturers “embarrassed” by the way economics is taught: requires free registration.
“Less maths and more history of economic thought might make for more enthusiastic and useful graduates.” Requires free registration.
Previews CORE launch event.