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Sample Lecture Videos

In recent years an increasing number of lectures in the department have been made available to students on video. From 2016/17 onwards we hope to increase coverage so that the majority of lectures will be videoed.

The video extracts below are from actual lectures delivered over the course of academic year 2015/16. The Panopto software for viewing videos allows you to choose between screens showing live video feed of the lecturer and (where relevant) the slides. You can navigate through the lecture by clicking on slides.

While we regard face-to-face lectures as crucial to the learning process, we find increasingly that our students make good use of lecture videos as a tool to complement attendance at lectures. Some students may not be able to attend lectures due to work commitments, or may need to arrive late - videos usually become available within an hour of the lecture finishing so students can catch up, from wherever they may be. But a large number of students also use videos as a revision tool if they wish to check their understanding of something they struggled with on the night.

Some of the recordings below used relatively poor quality video cameras and microphones, but Birkbeck is continually improving the recording technology. We are confident that the quality will be much improved in the coming academic year.

Sample Videos of BSc Modules

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Year 1 module for students on BSc Economics, BSc Financial Economics and a number of other joint honours programmes.
  • In this extract from the first lecture of the year (made in October 2015) Professor Stephen Wright gives an outline of what to expect at Birkbeck: not just on the module itself, but also in the programme, and in the life of a Birkbeck student
  • Microeconomic Theory and Policy
  • 2nd year module for students on BSc Economics, BSc Financial Economics and a number of other joint honours programmes.
  • The course shows how microeconomic theory can help us think about policies designed to solve economic and social problems. In this opening lecture, Dr Alistair Ball explains how consumer and producer theory can be applied to a range of contemporary issues, such as the 'Living Wage'.
  • Corporate Finance
  • 3rd/4th Year Module for students on the BSc Financial Economics programme.
  • In this first lecture Dr David Schroeder looks at the basic pricing and valuation principles from the point of view of a financial manager of a firm to give students an understanding of modern corporate finance and how it is applied to business decisions.


Sample Videos of Graduate Diploma Modules

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Year 1 Module for the Graduate Diploma in Economics.
  • The course aims to equip students with sufficient working knowledge of all the mathematics employed in the other courses on the programme and to provide a basis for the mathematics required for MSc programmes. It also encourages students to understand the benefits of using mathematical vocabulary and reasoning to analyse economic and financial models. In this lecture Dr Tony Humm focuses on the topic of Optimisation.
  • Macroeconomics
  • Year 2 Module for the Graduate Diploma in Economics and optional on a number of BSc programmes
  • In this extract Stephen Wright introduces some core ideas on growth theory. After a preliminary look at the data, he presents a production function based approach, which he combines with a simple demographic response to present Malthus’s model of stagnation – a precursor to modern theories but still highly relevant today. (All students on this module will first have been taught the mathematical tools, used during this lecture, in the module Mathematics for Economists).
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics (various modules)

Sample Videos of MSc Modules

  • Asset Management
  • Option Module for MSc Finance and other MSc programmes
  • In this introductory lecture, Dr David Schroeder discusses what is meant by asset management and reviews the basic concepts of portfolio optimization. The other topics covered in this course include strategic asset allocation, hedge funds and performance measurement.
  • Theory of Finance and Derivatives
  • Option Module for MSc Finance and other MSc programmes
  • This course considers the mathematical theory underpinning modern finance and explores the quantitative approaches used to solve investment problems. In this lecture, Dr David Schroeder focuses on risk aversion and asset pricing theory.
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Option Module for MSc Economics and other MSc programmes
  • This option module covers a variety of econometric topics not covered in the main QM course at a slightly more advanced technical level. The objective of this course is to introduce students to selected econometric linear and nonlinear techniques that are used on cross-section and panel data, with applications in demand analysis and empirical industrial organisation. In this opening lecture Dr Walter Beckert provides an introductory example to Maximum Likelihood estimation.

Professor Stephen Wright provides an overview of the department's courses