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Economic Curriculum Development (CORE)

Overview

The curriculum development project was created in response to widespread discontent among students, employers and university teachers about the traditional economics curriculum. The Curriculum in Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE) programme is a new approach to economics teaching for undergraduates that is closing three gaps: 

  1. The gap between what economists now know and what we teach undergraduates;
  2. The gap between the questions we are being pressed to answer by the public (including the questions that brought students into our classrooms) and the often-unrelated content of our curriculum; and,
  3. The gap between conventional text-and-lecture methods and available low-cost, individualised and interactive learning technologies.  

The project's first milestone will be the creation of a new first-year undergraduate 'Introduction to Economics' course, to be piloted in participating universities during 2014-2015. The programme will produce open access on-line resources, including e-book course material for students with interactive content including diagrams, data and videos. Instructors will be encouraged to adapt the materials to their local needs.

CORE is a collaboration amongst dozens of researchers and students from across the world and is led by Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics at University College London, and a Visiting Professor of Economics at Oxford.

Who's Involved?

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Wendy Carlin

Director of Economic Curriculum Development

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Davide Melcangi

Research Fellow

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Tim Phillips

Research Fellow