Economics - A Level
Hello! I am Miss O’Connor, Head of the Business Department here at Holmer Green Senior School.
As you know, Economics is a brand-new subject for students in Sixth Form.
To get off to a good start, you need to start thinking like an Economist and that means reading a wide selection of different sources to build your knowledge of the subject. Please don’t start by reading The Economist. As the title suggests, it is mainly aimed at Economists and those with some knowledge of the subject. I will be happy for you to start reading our library copy during this year.
Here are two requirements and two suggestions for an introduction to the subject.
- Requirement: using the BBC news website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/, choose and print three articles published within the last three months, that you think may have something to do with Economics. At least one should be a story about a country other than the UK. Bring your print-outs to Economics lesson (September).
- Requirement: watch the Open University’s ’60 second adventures in Economics’.http://www.open.edu/openlearn/society/politics-policy-people/economics/60- second-adventures-economics-the-invisible-hand (the other videos are linked below the first one). There are 6 videos. Watch them all, then re-watch the one that interests you most and write a three line summary of its key points. Bring your summary to your Economics lesson (September).
- If you would like: ‘The Economics Book’ by Niall Kishtainy is a great introduction to many of the ideas and thinkers behind the discipline of Economics. You may also like to get your own (optional but particularly useful if you also study History). In the book, find an economic thinker whose ideas interest you (or perhaps that you’ve already heard of) and write a paragraph summarising what the book says about your chosen person and their ideas. I will not set a deadline for this.
- If you would like: there are also many accessible paperbacks about Economics that are available very cheaply. While I studied Economics in University I have enjoyed ‘The Undercover Economist’ by Tim Harford and ‘Freakonomics’ by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; 'Predictably Irrational' by Dan Ariely is an enjoyable introduction to behavioural economics, while ’Dead Aid' by Dambisa Moyo is a stimulating introduction to an important international issue. Write down a) something you enjoyed about the book/an interesting fact you learnt from the book and b) something you’d like to know more about, having read the book.
I look forward to working with you this year.