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About the Course

Wondering why economists have not predicted serious financial crises? Shocked by economic assumptions of human behavior as self-centered and focusing only on what can be measured? Asking yourself if there are no sensible economic alternatives to free markets? Then you are at the right place to learn economics! This is the first online course that teaches economics from a pluralist perspective. Economic pluralism means that a plurality of theoretical and methodological viewpoints is regarded as valuable in itself and is simply the best way in which economics can make progress in understanding the world. This MOOC will illustrate economic pluralism not only in substance but also in form. You will see not only me, a Professor of Economics, but also a pop-up Prof of our business school, who illustrates the actor perspective of firms, government and civil society. And you will meet an online student, based in Greece, who will help you through the tutorial videos in which I will explain key concepts, tools and techniques. I will not limit myself to the dominant theory, as almost every other course does. Instead, I will introduce you to four very different economic theories for the whole set of standard topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. The theories are presented every time from broad and more interdisciplinary to narrow and more mathematical. The four theories that I like to introduce you to are Social Economics, Institutional Economics, Post Keynesian economics and, at the very end of each topic, Neoclassical Economics, for the special case of ideally functioning markets. But not everything is different in this course. Like every economics course, it includes numbers, diagrams, tables, equations, and some calculations. Why would you go through the effort of learning the basics of four theories instead of one? Because it will help you to see why many economists cannot predict crises, whereas others can see signals but are often not being listened to because they do not belong to the dominant school of thought. It will also enable you to see that it is just one theory claiming economic agents to be self-centered and focusing on the measurable only. Other economic theories go well beyond these limitations. And, finally, the pluralist approach will provide you with policy alternatives to neoliberalist policies promoting free markets. The objective of this course is twofold. First, to enable you to understand different economic viewpoints, linked to important traditions in economic thought, and basic economic concepts belonging to these theoretical perspectives. Second, to enable you to do some basic economic calculations that are important in economic life, such as calculating an inflation rate, and in economic policies, such as estimating the rough gains from trade for both trading partners, and in economic arguments, such as in calculating utility maximization with given prices and budgets. Please note that if you do all course elements, total course load is likely to be 4 ECT (approx. 134 hours). I hope you will enjoy the course!...

Top reviews

Jan 24, 2018

Excellent course on Theories on economics which has given un the insight of economics via various theory. Really useful to understand many financial aspects / issues on different prospective

Aug 31, 2018

Excellent module... Lots of insights... Without much economics background,this course has enlightened me for further research in various topics ..very good facilitators..

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By Yashasva S

May 19, 2020

It was helpful, really nice course for beginners.

By Dr. R

Aug 12, 2020

Very good course ..... great opportunity to learn

By Nutsa B

Jan 1, 2021

The course was really interesting and helpful


Jan 18, 2020

Good Learning and best peer grading system.

By Gulshan B

Apr 17, 2020

Very Informative Learning Session.

By rajiv s

Jan 24, 2021

Awesome course awesome learning

By Sumit k

Sep 27, 2020

This is very helpful for me


Jun 8, 2021

its impactful and awesome

By Abhay S

Oct 11, 2018

Amazing. My wife loves it

By Dhruv J

Jul 8, 2020

good, in depth course

By prakhar s

May 18, 2020

Amazing teachers!

By Bawa J T

Jul 8, 2020

amazing course

By Aadarsh R S

Aug 18, 2020

Good Course

By Ram K

Nov 29, 2019


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By Sanju s k

Sep 30, 2020

its very interesting course and the prof's are very well explained each and every topic with few examples clean and clearly.....

By Enrique C M

Jul 11, 2020

Very interesting as it extends to many different aspects of economy and society

By Hardarshdeep

Apr 17, 2020

Good detailed course...

By Gaurav K A

Apr 17, 2020

Good Cour

By Samarth S

May 5, 2020


By Harriet K

Nov 20, 2018

Essay reviews do not work the way it should

By Domenico B

Feb 22, 2018

This is by far the worst course I have ever attended on Coursera. The quality of the content in the videos is very low; there are no slides available to download; the tutorials are very trivial.

By Christopher R R

Aug 29, 2020

This course is painfully dull. The lectures are all scripted and and not at all engaging. The random quiz questions pop ups are often unclear. Very disappointed.