Teaching post-Keynesian monetary economics is not easy. The lecturer has to overcome the natural apprehension masters students must feel when faced with completely new material which purports to rewrite much of what they already think they know about macroeconomics. Students will ask of their orthodox courses ”Was all that hard work in vain? Surely not”. The lecturer must justify the use of seemingly familiar concepts in different ways to the students. There is less textbook-style material to draw from and structuralist models are generally more complex inviting as they do more reality into the average model than more orthodox models. Time considerations usually preclude a parallel treatment of economic issues using orthodox models all the way through the module. Also because the focus of the course was primarily technical rather than a survey or history of economic thought-based module the content was likely to be harder than most students had been exposed to previously.
Teaching Structuralist Economics Using Problem Based Learning and Weblogs
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