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          New Directions in Economics

          After the 'Great Crash' of 2008, the discipline of economics has been subject to greater scrutiny and criticism, partly due to its perceived weakness in dealing with the aftermath of this economic and financial collapse. Our New Directions in Economics short course answers these criticisms and will give you a foundation that is both deep and wide enough to support future studies in economics.

          We will discuss frankly the arguments between various schools of economists and you will learn the skills you need to effectively evaluate competing claims. To help, this short course examines the methodologies used - no prior mathematical knowledge is required - and relevant economic history. 

          Finally, you will learn how to understand and use economic concepts, which can help you demystify the language of experts in the media and use in further studies in economics.  

          Indicative syllabus 

          • Introduction: the post-crash context, the causes of the crash, responses, and evaluation of responses
          • Main schools of thought: neoclassical, Keynesian, institutional, behaviourist, feminist, Marxist etc
          • Evidence and methodologies: economic history, statistics and models
          • Macroeconomic concepts and application: equilibrium and disequilibrium, trade cycle theory and monetary models
          • Microeconomic concepts and application: opportunity cost, demand and supply theory, and competition models
          • Case studies in current issues

          30 credits at level 4

          • Entry requirements

            Entry requirements

            Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

            Visa requirements

            If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

            The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

            • Courses of more than six months' duration.
            • Courses of less than six months' duration.
            • Pre-sessional English language courses.

            International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

            For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

          • How to apply

            How to apply

            You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

          First class: Tue 01-Oct-19 6pm-9pm

          Class location Central London
          Class code BUEM090S4AAA

          This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.

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