“The study of Economics is aimed at managing a country for the well-being of its people. Issues discussed include world poverty, fairness and sustainable development.”
Factors affecting our everyday behaviour, particularly those related to consumption and production are introduced to students. Daily life questions like where to buy lunch, comparing the economic efficiency of doing community service or studying at home, are introduced to enhance students’ learning motivation. Through various perspectives, students understand social and national policies regarding livelihood and society. Also, students can learn that the interdependence among individuals, enterprises, departments of governments exists in regions and countries.
To facilitate students’ self-directed learning, teachers prepare and select a wide range of learning clips as pre-tasks and resources for students to consolidate their knowledge. These learning clips not only include local production from CUHK and QEF, but also online resources from overseas websites, such as Crash Course Economics, Marginal Revolution University. Students could learn beyond the classroom setting and further extend their learning.
Our department designs teaching materials that cater for learners’ diversity with up-to-date domestic and foreign economic statistics. They are closely related to global affairs and current trends. The subject-specific presentations and analytical approach enable students to learn to think logically. As students learn to apply theories and concepts to real-world issues, their problem-solving and critical thinking skills are enhanced. These skills are essential for life-long learning in a variety of fields of study and career development.
Students understand the ideas of Economics are not limited to individual decision making, but interdependent production activities among enterprises, government policies and impact on people’s livelihood. In the world of globalization, Economics lets students understand issues like disparity of wealth, uneven income distribution, international trade and interdependent relationships. All these enable students to develop the vision to face future challenges.
Students have been offered opportunities to take part in activities run by the Business School and the Department of Economics of CUHK, including the annual showcase of the Department of Economics, where our students meet undergraduates who explain their research findings. It has always been a fruitful learning experience.
Our Economics teacher discusses pedagogies and new issues regarding learning and teaching of the subject as a member of the Association.
Our Economics teacher participates in “Flipping Econ Classroom”, an organization where teachers collaborate, share clips for teaching and mock exam papers so as to elevate the quality of learning and teaching.