Faculties and centres
This course will follow CORE’s textbook Economy, Society, and Public Policy (ESPP).
The textbook is freely available online at www.core-econ.org
In order to be well-governed, a democracy needs voters who are fluent in the language of economics and who can do some quantitative analysis of social and economic policy. We also need a well-trained cadre of researchers and journalists who have more advanced skills in these fields.
Many students in other disciplines are drawn to economics so that they can engage with policy debates on environmental sustainability, inequality, the future of work, financial instability, and innovation. But, when they begin the study of economics, they find that courses appear to have little to do with these pressing policy matters, and are designed primarily for students who want to study the subject as their major, or even for those going on to post-graduate study in the field.
The result: policy-oriented students often find they have to choose between a quantitative and analytical course of study¿—economics¿—that is only minimally policy oriented in content and that downplays the insights of other disciplines, or a policy and problem-oriented course of study that gives them little training in modelling or quantitative scientific methods.
Economy, Society, and Public Policy changes this.
This textbook is the result of a worldwide collaboration among researchers, educators, and students who are committed to bringing the socially relevant insights of economics to a broader audience.
This course has been created specifically for students from social science and other disciplines, who are not economics majors. The aim of this course is to engage, challenge, and empower you with an understanding of economics. Students taking this course will acquire the tools to articulate reasoned views on pressing policy problems.