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The Employee Owned Company is the most significant development in corporate development for 150 years and comes at a time when the globalised corporation threatens the sustainability of national and local economic and ecological systems. This course offers broad insights into how the employee buyout phenomenon works and the role it can play in restructuring capitalism in the area of business succession and transition.
The credit crunch of 2008-9 brought the effects of the global economy to everyone's attention. From international trade and global inequalities to the impact on our carbon footprints, this course analyses the global economy – what ‘globalization’ means in practice, and why it takes the form it does.
This course evaluates the development of economic thought through the eyes of Greek, Chinese, Indian and European traditions before exploring economic thought in the context of the 20th Century. The course is historical in content and international in perspective allowing students to develop a critical understanding of the influence of evolving economic thought on contemporary global economics.
All of us – individuals, local communities, businesses and
governments – face urgent challenges presented by climate
change and sustainability. What kinds of leadership and action
are emerging for addressing these challenges? This course will
examine climate change issues, current approaches to leadership
at the local, national and global level and will support students
in developing their own approach to leading change and innovation
on climate change in a personal, local or professional
This course previously ran as Climate Change: Science leadership and action.
The course provides a detailed introduction to Macroeconomics and encompasses the fundamentals of Macroeconomics. On completion of the course students will have the ability to critically assess real world macroeconomic developments at the 1st year undergraduate level. Moreover, students will be able to better understand the material in other online economics courses such as the ‘New Economic Powers’ and ‘Globalisation’.
Students on this course will develop their understanding of the technical aspects of Microeconomics such as opportunity cost, supply and demand, consumer and firm optimisation, market power and market failure.
In the global economy of the 21st century, Brazil, Russia, India,
and China (BRIC) are suddenly emerging as major players, shaking
up the existing order, and generating waves of uncertainty around
the world. Will the U.S., Japan, and Europe be surpassed by these
new economic powers? How did these countries achieve their
success? Will that success last? What lessons can be learned from
their strategies? And how will the world be reshaped by their
To get a taster of the discussion around the current economic climate, listen to this debate: How did this crisis develop and what happens next?. Dr Linda Yueh, author of the New Economic Powers course, and Professor Jonathan Michie, Director of the Department for Continuing Education and a leading economist, debate the issue: "Is laissez-faire capitalism dead?"
Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Students in the course will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate of the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen students understanding of the world around them, and to inspire you to use your skills and knowledge to be as Gandhi said, ‘the change you wish to see in the world’.