Economics Short Courses
Certificate of Higher Education
The Certificate of Higher Education (Economics) is a four-module (or three and two half modules) award which is designed to give you the tools and techniques necessary for investigating important contemporary economic issues.
An exploration of a wide range of basic economic principles is provided in order to establish a foundation for the understanding of economies at the level of the individual, as well as the national and international. You will develop analytical skills and will be able to apply these to the discussion of contemporary problems of both principle and policy.
This is an introduction to the political economy of the modern world, locating economic processes within the wider social and political context. Topics include: the world after Bretton Woods; landmark debates in 20th-century economic thought and policy application; changes in economic structure and regulation; the previously 'planned' economies and their transition to the market economy; industrialisation and underdevelopment in the developing world; and globalisation, trade and global financial markets.
This Short Course is concerned with managerial decision making in an environment of risk and uncertainty. We will consider pricing decisions, constrained optimism, risk analysis, costs, demand, investment and the growth of the firm.
The course will develop your skills and provides the opportunity to practice the study of managerial economics. You will develop a critical understanding of methods, procedures and current issues and debates appropriate to the study of managerial economics.
This course will introduce you to the key contributions of the more significant political economists from the end of the 18th century to the present day. Starting with Adam Smith, the module considers Ricardo, Malthus, James and John Stuart Mill, Marx, Jevons and Marshall, before concluding with Keynes. The influences on each will also be considered, as will their effect on later economists.
This course will help you to interpret and analyse economic data from sources such as the Financial Times and The Economist. You will learn to better understand the original sources of such data, as well as to critically interpret graphs and summary statistics. The course will also familiarise you with applying techniques of data analysis to different empirical contexts, including the use of statistics, such as regression output and coefficients.
In looking at economies as a whole - national, regional and international - this course provides explanations for broader economic changes to society. The relation between households, businesses and governments and the consequences for the working of the economy will be examined. This course covers key themes and debates in macroeconomics, such as growth, employment policy, the stability of prices and exchange rate movements as well as the design and application of fiscal and monetary policy in the 21st century.
This course introduces current debates on the changing nature of the global economy. You will examine the role of economic systems and political processes in shaping the global economy and assess the consequences of these developments. Rather than simply looking at the world as composed of the interacting economies of different nation-states, the course examines all economic sub-systems that shape the overarching global economic system.
Natural resources may be renewable, such as wood, or non-renewable, such as oil and gas. This course uses insights from economics to better understand contemporary problems arising from the increasing scarcity of natural resources. It looks at the various repercussions of the commercial use of nature, including the issues of climate change, environmental degradation and increasing oil consumption. It seeks to explain these phenomena and considers how economists address problems arising from scarcity and depletion.
This course provides an overview of the key issues relating to the transition from planned to market economies. It covers not only Central and Eastern Europe, but also looks at Latin America and Far East Asia, including China. The study of emerging market economies will provide you with an understanding of how economies are being transformed and which policies and institutions are vital to the success of transition processes in the context of globalisation.
On this course we will consider: the measurement and scope of underdevelopment; theories of development and underdevelopment; the economic problems and policies of less developed countries in contrast with the industrialised world; changing economic relations between countries and globalisation; population growth; trade, capital flows and the Debt Problem; foreign aid; multi-national investment flows; and micro-finance.
The course looks at a wide range of quantitative techniques in conjunction with some key economic principles, in order to provide a grounding that is essential for anyone considering taking a degree in pure economics or finance.
You will usually be expected to have completed Economic Principles prior to enrolment, as this course assumes knowledge of basic economics. You are also expected to have some command of mathematics. The course is very intensive and class time cannot be used to revise elementary mathematical techniques.
This course will develop your understanding of the contemporary British economy, by studying how the economic policies of the government respond to, and affect, business operations here. You will study the major forces at work in the domestic and global economy, and how national and international organisations respond to those forces.
A good number of students on the Economics short courses are sponsored by their employer each year. To find out more about how your new skills will apply to your workplace and how to approach your employer, see below:
'... I would advise anyone who is thinking about studying an Cert HE to jump in as you never know how far it might get you.'
Miss Jo Kwok
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