Tag: critical-thinking

CORE in Action: The “Sustainable Development” Classroom


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 […]

CORE in action: Students at Lahore University of Management Sciences


We spoke to Haleema and Ayesha, two students at the Lahore University of Management Sciences who learnt CORE as part of their syllabus this year, how they found the syllabus, and what would they change? Haleema  – Economics and Political Science, 1st year CORE: What did you think of the CORE material? Haleema: I took Introduction to Microeconomics in my first semester – the course was taught, for the first time, using the CORE textbook and it was a remarkable experience. The textbook, available online and on download, had interactive features such as step by step diagrams and video links that proved immensely […]

CORE in action: UCL students, one year on


We asked three UCL students who, in September 2014,  were part of the first cohort to use CORE (one studies Economics, one takes Philosophy and Economics and one studies European Social and Political Studies) what lasting effects has CORE had on their economics education, and what would they change? Mateusz – BSc Economics, 2nd year CORE: What’s your favourite bit of your degree? Mateusz: The degree is based on current research which I’m really enjoying – for example, in World Economy, we were able to read papers that help us connect the theory with practical use. CORE:  Did the CORE syllabus help you with […]

CORE teachers: Simon DeDeo, Indiana University


Simon DeDeo runs the Laboratory for Social Minds at Indiana University, where he is a professor of complex systems and cognitive science. He is also on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). At CORE’s recent workshop at the SFI, he told us about how Isaac Asimov inspired a cosmologist to teach economics, his frustrations with the “positively ancient” introductory curriculum, and what economics can learn from the great physicist Richard Feynman. What was your path into the social sciences? I began as a physicist; after studying physics and mathematics at Harvard, and then Cambridge, I did my PhD  in cosmology at […]

GDP and its limitations


“Economists pay too little attention to what is happening around them,” claims Diane Coyle (herself an economist) in the 8 November New York Times. This isn’t the common complaint that the profession is too concerned with elegant mathematical abstraction to notice what’s going on in the real world. Instead, it’s a discussion of how, if we measure the health of an economy only by looking for fluctuations in the GDP statistics, we rely on one of the “least useful” economic barometers, one which is also a poor forecasting tool. “It lags events, is frequently revised and provides no meaningful detail,” Diane writes, “paying […]

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