Yesterday, Harvard students of Ec 10 staged a walkout to draw attention to the bias they detect in the course. Here is their open letter to the professor, Greg Mankiw.
Curriculum reform has been central to INET's own project from the beginning. Here is the work of the Economics Curriculum Committee to date.
The problem of the typical economics class lies in an excessively narrow conception of the scope of economics, and of the research methods appropriate to the subject. This narrowness is pervasive but, as the reaction of the students demonstrates, especially jarring at the introductory level.
It doesn't have to be that way. Perry Mehrling, for example, has experimented with the intro course, and so have many others. As a constructive response, today INET launches its syllabus project 30 Ways to Teach Economics. Professors, send us the syllabi of your experiments, and let us know how it worked. Students, send us syllabi that you found particularly inspiring and provoking, and tell us why.
List of syllabi (will be updated):
- Bruce Caldwell: Principles of Microeconomics
- Susan Feiner: Critical Thinking about Economic Crisis
- Duncan Foley: Introduction to Macroeconomics
- Dennis Leyden: Principles of Macroeconomics
- Stephen Marglin: Economics: A Critical Approach
- Perry Mehrling: Introduction to Economic Reasoning
- Julie Nelson: Introduction to Macroeconomics & Introduction to Microeconomics
- Stephen Ziliak: Introduction to Microeconomics: The Grapes of Wrath