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Is CORE a pluralist economics curriculum?

from Ioana Negru

Core (the acronym for Curriculum Open Access Resources in Economics) is a project led by professor Wendy Carlin from UCL, UK, that aims to improve the content and delivery of the economics curriculum around the world. Other remarkable economists have been and are part of this project such as Diane Coyle and Samuel Bowles.

According to the website of the project, www.core-econ.org CORE is:

“a) a global community of learners, teachers and researchers;

  1. b) a problem- motivated and interactive way to learn economics;
  2. c) bringing recent developments into the classroom;
  3. d) giving everyone the tools to understand the economics of the world around   them”.

As Mearman et al (2016: 5) explain: “CORE is a large undergraduate year one course called ‘The Economy’, which itself comprises nineteen modules on a range of topics. CORE is neither a Massive Online Course (MOOC) nor a course in the traditional sense, but an online resource, a frame to be elaborated”. According to the same authors, CORE represents both an ‘improvement’ and a ‘missed opportunity’. On the one hand, CORE employs historical and experimental data and draws on the history of economics or new branches of economics such as theory of games, covering thus a variety of topics. On the other hand, the course is rife with concepts and elements unsupported by evidence, such as utility maximization that constitute fundamental components of CORE (Mearman et al 2016).

The reactions to CORE, both from the media and the academic world, have been mixed.  Read more

  1. May 31, 2018 at 1:55 am

    The fourth branch of government in a modern constituted state will reject any textbook and its supplement containing “concepts and elements unsupported by evidence.”

    Ideology in a textbook will lead any country to ruin and destroy the environment for everyone else.

    • May 31, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Is this tongue-in-cheek? Surely, every textbook teaches ideology — the only question is whether it is pro or anti capitalism.

  2. June 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

    It’s quite discouraging, to see that this WEA paper does’nt even refere to


    in THE SAME review about the SAME question (CORE).

  3. Helen Sakho
    June 15, 2018 at 12:29 am

    What happens to the Periphery!

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