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.
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.
Will I get a statement of accomplishment after completing this class? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the Dean of International Business School of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Mr Bram ten Kate MSc.
What is the format of the class? The class consists of lecture videos, which are broken into small chunks, ranging from five to ten minutes. There will also be standalone quizzes by the end of the week. There will be approximately 1.5 hours worth of video content per week.
Can I really do this course if I don’t know anything about business? Yes, this is an introductory course for those who have little or no knowledge about economics, or those who haven’t got much experience in business.
MOOC Provider & Teaching Staff:
Mr. Henk Jager, MEc, MEd, from IBS will be the instructor. Besides his academic degree in economics and financial accounting, Mr Jager worked at ING bank for years and is highly practiced in the application of economic concepts within daily business.
Ms. Ning Ding, PhD, from IBS will be the instructional designer and technology facilitator. She achieved her PhD in computer-supported collaborative learning from the University of Groningen.
International students from the Honours Talent Programme at IBS will join the MOOC as moderators in the Discussion Forum.
Four senior lecturers, Ms Angeline van de Mannakker, Ms Gemma Nijdam, Mr Hein Matthee and Mr Wim Oostindier, are in the Consultancy Team.
During this four week introductory course you will learn the fundamental concepts of economics. On completion of the course, we expect you to be able to:
- Understand basic economics concepts. You can follow the economic news and understand the economic context of news stories. In addition, you have the potential to dig deeper into the subject and learn more through your own initiatives.
- Discover and identify the economic issues within your surroundings. For example, in your daily life you can be sensitive to economic issues, such as the interrelationship of markets and how this may influence the prices of products that are important to you.
- Analyse real-world problems. At your work place or in your study, you can use your newly-gained knowledge to explore economic problems related to competition, economic indicators and international trade.