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October sees Rethinking Economics achieve significant curriculum change at a London university, and a successful start to its public education program in Manchester. Plus employment opportunities and upcoming events!
Whats been happening over the last month...
 
  1. Pluralism and Real-World Economics: A New Curriculum at Goldsmiths
  2. Our first community crash-course is met with rave reviews!
  3. Global opportunities with Rethinking Economics
  4. Upcoming events in October.
1. Pluralism & Real-World Economics: A New Curriculum at Goldsmiths

For the past year, Rethinking Economics has been working with a group of academics led by Robert Skidelsky and Ha-Joon Chang to write a new set of teaching materials that will help universities take on a more pluralistic, engaging, real-world economics curriculum. The group is called the Skidelsky Curriculum Committee, and meets in London. One of the institutions we are currently working with is Goldsmiths, University of London, who are taking the exciting step of introducing a completely new undergraduate economics course in Autumn 2016. We are very excited about the what this new curriculum offers. Goldsmiths is in south-east London, as is Greenwich University, whose lecturers also wrote to us last year explaining why they were reforming their curriculum.

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Since the financial crisis, top employers and the public have asked for economics education to become more pluralistic and target real-world problems. The new BA (Hons) Economics degree at Goldsmiths responds directly to this call, offering a pluralistic perspective on economics and the economy. Students will be taught economic theory and applications from a number of schools of economic thought, such as the Classical, Keynesian, Post-Keynesian, and Neo-Classical schools. The idea is to ensure that students are technically competent in economic theory and quantitative analysis, but also get them to understand the perspectives on the economy generated by different schools of economics – and to put economics as a whole within a broader social, historical and political context. The Goldsmiths programme also has an interdisciplinary component, allowing students to develop a sophisticated and personally tailored approach to understanding the economy. Students can choose a minor specialization from among the five offered, and follow it throughout the three years. The available specializations are:

 I: Communication and Technology

II: Markets and Organisations

III: Human Behaviour and Choice

IV: The Creative Impulse

V: Concepts, Ideas and Perspectives

This structure makes the new Goldsmiths degree unique. Each specialization combines a wide variety of modules from world-leading departments around Goldsmiths, to give students a broader perspective on different aspects of the economy. For example, in Human Behaviour and Choice, students see how psychologists and other social scientists analyse human behaviour and explore both the strengths and limits of the economist’s approach. This will not only provide students with a broad and multi-layered educational experience but also help them develop specialised knowledge that will give them a niche in today’s competitive labour market.

2. Our first community crash course is met with rave reviews!
 

A cafe in Manchester has, for the past two weeks, played classroomto a group of interested citizens of all ages and backgrounds interested in learning more about economics. 

At the Manchester Citizen's Crash Course in Everyday Economics, questions such as 'What is this thing called Economics' and 'Does Trickle-down Theory trickle down?' have been discussed through the medium of videos, group discussions, simulation games and even the occasional bit of homework! The evening classes hope to tackle common measures and their problems, as well as understanding the theory behind common policy solutions.




"I feel that economics is so important currently, and people like myself are so powerless. This course is an opportunity for me to understand some basic economic ideas, to support or maybe even challenge some of the preconceptions I already have about the world." - Hannah, a doctor.

"Everyone is so friendly and engaged. It's refreshing to come to a class with people from all walks of life, all wanting to contribute and chat about economics. I think the fact it was an evening class, and the affordability, made this possible." - Lucy, a psychology student.

The classes build upon previous public education delivered at Manchester's public economics conference 'Why Economics is for Everyone', and lead organisers Trina and Morven hope that the crash course can serve as a template for other organisers interested in delivering similar projects around the world. Over the next four weeks, participants are to cover taxation, banking and debt (household to international), as well as a final case study on the place of austerity in society.

Are you interested in attending or even delivering such a course in the future? Contact public-education@rethinkeconomics.org for information and advice.
3. Global opportunities with Rethinking Economics
 
We are at the stage of the year where Rethinking is hiring for new Student/Network Organisers.
 
Typically, Rethinking hires student organisers on 5hr/week roles to carry out some core organising functions. We have 4 roles available, on 3 month contracts:
 
Non-UK Membership Coordinator (x2)
 
Until now Rethinking Economics staff have been based in the UK, but we since we are an international network, we would like to better support non-UK member groups to strengthen their local and regional movements, and facilitate in knowledge sharing of successes globally. This role will offer support to local groups not based in the UK, and ideally the candidates would also not be based in the UK.
 
UK Post Crash Campaigns Support Role
 
Working to support the 2015/16 UK Post Crash curriculum reform campaign, liaising with UK groups and campaigns committee within the UK to support local groups in delivering their campaigns, and coordinating the UK campaign.
 
Video Co-ordinator
 
Open globally, this position will help get Rethinking video content onto our YouTube channel, and improve the way we coordinate the use of video across the network. We are now registered as a non-profit with Google, which gives us access to premium YouTube features and advertising for free, and this is great opportunity to share our content to a wider audience, and better within the network, making it easier for local groups to share their video content.
 
Rethinking Economics pays £9/hr for student roles, or £10/hr if living within London.
 
The application process and hiring policy is explained here:
 
 
Please submit applications to hiring@rethinkeconomics.org by MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2015 (in your local time zone).
  • Successful applications will be invited to interview by Wednesday 4th November
  • Interviews will take place in person at regional hubs or via Skype on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November.
 
4. Upcoming events

2nd-20th November 2015. 'Disruptive Innovation Festival'. The Internet.

4th November 2015. Quakers & Business Group 'What is the purpose of Business' conference. 10.30am-4pm, Friends House, London, UK.

6th November 2015. 'Post-Capitalism 2015: Rethinking Crisis, Culture and Politics'. 10am-5pm & 6pm-9pm, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.

11th November 2015.
 'An Introduction to Health Economics: the Mainstream and the Alternatives' by Prof Robert McMaster. Glasgow, UK.

11th November 2015. 'Bank of England Open Forum - Building real markets for the good of the people'. Guildhall, London, UK.


12th November 2015. 'Students in Debt - with Johanna Montgomerie and Rethinker Ben Tippet'. Goldsmith's University, London, UK.


18th November 2015. 'The Economics of the Entrepreneur: an Introduction to Evolutionary Economics' by Prof Martin Fransman. Glasgow, UK.

26th-29th November 2015. 'Teaching Economics in the 21st Century - The State of Research and Teaching and the Way Forward'. Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany.



 
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