Economics Summer School

This is a remarkable time for the study of global economics, as disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic produces unprecedented conditions worldwide. Domestically, the normal ideological divides over taxation and spending are being radically rewritten, as governments scramble to protect vulnerable firms and workers. These economic public policy debates, both nationally and internationally, are profoundly impactful on all our lives, and these courses offer a window onto a complex and fascinating world.

This Summer School will give students aged 15-18 the opportunity to study a range of economics which is wider than that available at school and in a style which encourages active and critical engagement.

For 2021, our online Economics Summer School will be divided into three Parts:

Introduction to Economics (suitable for students with no previous experience of the subject), – covering core micro- and macro-economic concepts, and major international institutions.

Growth, Development and Inequality – (suitable for both beginners and experienced students) – covering the economics of development, national and international migration and the distribution of wealth, both within and between economies.

Capital, Financial Markets and Econometrics – (suitable for both beginners and experienced students) – covering the inner workings of the financial system, what happens when it serves the economy well, as well as what can go wrong. We will also look at the discipline of econometrics – the use of quantitative evidence to inform economic policymaking.

Each three-day course will cover some key economic theories in micro-, macro- and international economics, offer seminars and debates about the economic, political and moral implications of economic policies and behaviour, as well as lots of opportunities to discuss and analyse current affairs in economics, such as Covid, Brexit, the impact of the election of Joe Biden, and the evolving role of China in the international financial system.

Alongside the discussion of specific real-world situations, we will also examine the theoretical foundations and commitments of different strands of modern economic thought – from the father of the discipline, Adam Smith, through Ricardo and Malthus, to Hayek and Friedman on the Right and Marx, Piketty and Wallerstein on the Left.

In this way, as well as gaining a good grasp of abstract positions, students will have the opportunity to engage directly with a number of particularly interesting problems within contemporary economics, including the regulation of the stock, bond and foreign exchange markets, currency trading, competing models of economic growth, and public policy options for the redistribution of wealth and income.

Throughout, the material studied will be related to current economic events and debates.

The course is ideal for any students considering a degree in economics or related disciplines, a career in finance, or really for anyone who would like to understand more about the powerful economic forces which drive the world around them.

Class sizes for the online Economics Summer School will be 8 to 12 students per group and the emphasis throughout will be on active participation and debate, led by our experienced and knowledgeable tutors.

For full booking details just scroll down past the reviews!

This is a remarkable time for the study of global economics, as disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic produces unprecedented conditions worldwide. Domestically, the normal ideological divides over taxation and spending are being radically rewritten, as governments scramble to protect vulnerable firms and workers. These economic public policy debates, both nationally and internationally, are profoundly impactful on all our lives, and these courses offer a window onto a complex and fascinating world.

This Summer School will give students aged 15-18 the opportunity to study a range of economics which is wider than that available at school and in a style which encourages active and critical engagement.

For 2021, our online Economics Summer School will be divided into three Parts:

Introduction to Economics (suitable for students with no previous experience of the subject), – covering core micro- and macro-economic concepts, and major international institutions.

Growth, Development and Inequality – (suitable for both beginners and experienced students) – covering the economics of development, national and international migration and the distribution of wealth, both within and between economies.

Capital, Financial Markets and Econometrics – (suitable for both beginners and experienced students) – covering the inner workings of the financial system, what happens when it serves the economy well, as well as what can go wrong. We will also look at the discipline of econometrics – the use of quantitative evidence to inform economic policymaking.

Each three-day course will cover some key economic theories in micro-, macro- and international economics, offer seminars and debates about the economic, political and moral implications of economic policies and behaviour, as well as lots of opportunities to discuss and analyse current affairs in economics, such as Covid, Brexit, the impact of the election of Joe Biden, and the evolving role of China in the international financial system.

Alongside the discussion of specific real-world situations, we will also examine the theoretical foundations and commitments of different strands of modern economic thought – from the father of the discipline, Adam Smith, through Ricardo and Malthus, to Hayek and Friedman on the Right and Marx, Piketty and Wallerstein on the Left.

In this way, as well as gaining a good grasp of abstract positions, students will have the opportunity to engage directly with a number of particularly interesting problems within contemporary economics, including the regulation of the stock, bond and foreign exchange markets, currency trading, competing models of economic growth, and public policy options for the redistribution of wealth and income.

Throughout, the material studied will be related to current economic events and debates.

The course is ideal for any students considering a degree in economics or related disciplines, a career in finance, or really for anyone who would like to understand more about the powerful economic forces which drive the world around them.

Class sizes for the online Economics Summer School will be 8 to 12 students per group and the emphasis throughout will be on active participation and debate, led by our experienced and knowledgeable tutors.

For full booking details just scroll down past the reviews!

‘The Economics Summer School is incredibly useful if you’re looking to study the subject in any form at university – regardless of whether you have prior knowledge of economics, this school will further your interest in all areas of modern economics as well as introducing students to new, different, exciting concepts. And Debate Chamber do a brilliant job of managing it. Highly recommended.’

‘A highly-stimulating course and one that is enjoyable to anyone with an interest in Economics. The course balanced rigour with interactivity perfectly. Furthermore, the environment and atmosphere created by the tutors is one ideal for learning in a comprehensive and tangible manner. I would highly recommend the course, its a fantastic week!’

‘I came to this course with an interest but not formal background in Economics – I wanted to find out if it was a subject I’d like to study at A-Level. It is! I liked the way the course linked real-life examples (particularly the financial crisis) to economic theory, and the way we were challenged and encouraged to offer our opinions as to what was going on. The tutors were interesting and passionate about their subject and gave us plenty to think about. A really enjoyable week.’

‘The Economics Summer School is incredibly useful if you’re looking to study the subject in any form at university – regardless of whether you have prior knowledge of economics, this school will further your interest in all areas of modern economics as well as introducing students to new, different, exciting concepts. And Debate Chamber do a brilliant job of managing it. Highly recommended.’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The Economics Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18. The Introduction to Economics course is suitable for those with no previous experience of studying the subject, while the other two are open to both beginners and experienced students.

Introduction to Economics will take place 19th – 21st July, and repeated 12th – 14th August.

Growth, Development and Inequality will take place 26th – 28th July, and repeated 16th – 18th August.

Capital, Financial Markets and Econometrics will take place 2nd – 4th August, and repeated 19th – 21st August.

Each online course is three days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break. 

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for each three-day course is £275, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

To book your place for the online Economics Summer School, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.