Teaching experience and brief descriptions of courses taught
Supervision of MA theses. Westminster University. MA Development Management: theses have included: indigenous peoples and development in Thailand; new venture creation in Uganda; trains and development in Africa; development and penal reform. International Business Management: theses have included: trade and India; Mafia and Sicily.
Possible supervision of PhD theses. Westminster University. Currently being considered as PhD supervisor for two PhD projects: economic development in China; risk management frameworks within financial institutions.
Economics and the Social Sciences. MSc course at SOAS. Module leader: Professor Ben Fine. Two guest lectures each year, 2003-4 and 2004-5 (on “Economics and economic geography”).
Macroeconomics for Post-Graduate Certificate in Economics. SOAS, London. Semester 1, 2004-5. Module leader: Dr. Jan Toporowski. A foundation course for MSc Econ., i.e. to 3rd year u/g level. Weekly: 1 class.
Undergraduate level: teaching assignments as module leader/lecturer:
The World Economy. University College London, ECON 1005 (formerly B12). Current.
1st year u/g. About 400 students (200 in each semester). Weekly programme: 2 lectures. Part 1: Economic growth; Part 2: International trade; Part 3: Emerging economies and their global impact. Reading includes selections from Miles and Scott Macroeconomics: understanding the wealth of nations, along with current items from academic and journalistic literature, mostly downloadable from the course website. 16 seminar groups. Four coursework projects.
Money and Banking. University College London, B34. Current, since 2005-6.
2nd and 3rd year u/g. 200 students. Weekly programme: 2 lectures: (i) Models; (ii) Theories and Debates. Reading includes Mishkin’s Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, along with other textbooks and original articles. 10 seminar groups. Four coursework projects, including an essay assignment.
Financial Institutions and Regulation. Birkbeck College, 2.13. Current, since 2005-6.
4th (final) year u/g. Centres on a series of textbook versions of well-known formal models. Textbook: Spencer, Structure and Regulation of Financial Markets. Weekly programme: 1 (1½ hour) lecture, 1 class (1 hour). Coursework project on assessing current regulatory issues. Very advanced u/g students, mostly with some years’ relevant career experience in the City.
Economic Theory: Macroeconomics. City University, ET2001. 2004-5.
2nd-year u/g. Theme: “Theories of the business cycle”. Main textbook Froyen’s Macroeconomics: Theories and Policies, with the aim of encouraging reading of original articles in Snowdon and Vane’s Macroeconomic Reader. About 100 students. Weekly programme: 2 lectures, 1 seminar class (4 groups). Coursework essay on schools of thought.
Macroeconomic Theory. Westminster University, 4ECQ556. 2004-5.
2nd-year u/g. Standard 2nd year Macro course, with strong policy orientation and focus on current UK monetary and fiscal policy. Main textbook Mankiw’s Macroeconomics. Weekly programme: 1 (1½ hour) lecture, and about 8 (1½ hour) seminars (of which I teach 4).
Evolution of Macroeconomics in the UK. Westminster University, 4ECQ453. Current since 2004-5.
1st-year u/g. About 200 students in all (including evening course and semester 2 re-runs). A foundation course for the study of Macro, focussing on UK policy debates and their historical and economic background. Textbook: Sloman’s Economics, selected chapters. Weekly programme: 1 (1½ hour) lecture, and 1 (1½ hour) seminar (4 groups, of which I teach 2). Coursework essay on Keynesian versus classical traditions.
Domestic and International Finance. City University, EC2006. 2004-5.
2nd-year u/g. A two-semester course. About 60 students. Textbook: Mishkin’s Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets. Weekly: 2 lectures, 1 class. Coursework essay on Asymmetrical Information theory.
Quantitative Methods for Journalists. Department of Journalism, City University, JO1104. 2004-5.
1st-year u/g. Introduction to statistical theory and the use of official and web-based sources. Textbook: Statistics for Dummies. About 60 students. Weekly: 1 lecture, 1 class. Coursework essay: individually-chosen journalistic projects on statistical themes.
Former teaching experience:
British Council course for Chinese economists. I used to contribute to this occasional course in 1994-5.
Middle Eastern History and Institutions. u/g 2nd and 3rd-year. Supervisions at Cambridge University, 1967-8 and 1970-1.