Not too easy. Not too difficult.
To me, the course is largely a comprehensive one. Certain areas do not, however, satisfy me intellectually or perhaps have an outdated feel about them. I do believe that the course equips learners well for whatever they may encounter as it is highly applicable to various different contexts.
I wrote an essay on the history of economic markets and I was able to combine various different economic ideas to postulate what engenders certain periods of the economic cycle. Furthermore, I later proposed a fourteen-point indicator on what might suggest a looming crash in the global, and more local, economic situations.
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Advice for students:
Organisation, as with any course, is key to thinking critically about economics. It would be dangerous to not organise different sources of ideas across the year; I would suggest using the following mould. 1- Notes: be precise in the lecture theatre and capture the main ideas and the analysis being presented; it would be great to also take in the nuances of what the particular lecturer brings to the debate. 2- Further thoughts and ideas: at the end of the week review what you have learned and try to develop ideas. Usually I would print out some critical ideas pertaining to the subject matter to become more well-versed in the ideas. This will help you to link different concepts from different areas in economics as well as develop your skills in organising ideas, and becoming more critical in how you assess each subject area. Essentially, this serves as part two of your notes. 3- Books, extracts: there will be certain ideas that you will need to know and often these are from books and papers. You should try to create a collection of papers/ books that you can use to develop your ideas. 4- Revision material: this will largely be concocted from the above materials but often there will be other sources (lecture slides, friends' notes, etc.) If you worked painstaking through the other steps for the majority of the year you will only really need summaries as the other ideas will largely be imprinted in your mind. Organisation is not the only key to success, but it's surely the most important one. It would be important for students to also be ready to ease into university life: usually the key conditions are present for this but often students 'go overboard'. It is clear that students will need to attain a level of engagement with the course in order to meet the commands of it. In a nutshell: students need to be aware, engaged and organised. This trio taken together never fails.