The course has been created by lecturers at the International Business School (IBS), part of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, based in the Netherlands. This is the first time a Dutch university has launched a MOOC in introductory-level economics.
- duration: 6 weeks
- commitment: 2-3 hrs/week
- Hanze University of Applied Science
- course date: Mar 21 – May 2, 2016
Microeconomics: The branch of economics that analyses the market behaviour of individual consumers and businesses in an attempt to understand the decision-making process of companies and households.
Week 1: Microeconomics Fundamentals of supply & demand.
Week 2: Microeconomics: Perfect competition and monopoly
Macroeconomics: The field of economics that studies the behaviour of the aggregate (whole) economy. Macroeconomics examines economy-wide phenomena such as changes in unemployment, national income, rate of growth, gross domestic product, inflation and price levels.
Week 3: Macroeconomics: Economic performance and employment
Week 4: Macroeconomics: Government intervention and trade
This introductory course is designed for those interested in business, management or economics. However, it does not require a background in business or any other specific area. Pitched at an introduction level, an economics or mathematics background is not needed. All we ask you to bring to the course is a strong motivation to learn about the field of economics! The course is ideal for those at end-secondary school (high school) level or higher, such as those considering a business-related bachelor’s degree or those switching to a business-related field of study.
No textbook is required to follow this course. Some recommended readings are detailed within the course slides.
The class will consist of lecture videos, generally between 5 and 10 minutes in length. At the end of the week, there will be an online quiz with up to 10 questions.