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Introduction to Economics

University of Warwick

21 days
2300 GBP/full
2300 GBP/full
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This exciting Introduction to Economics course at the University of Warwick is taught in a non-technical way and will provide you with a sound knowledge of the key principles of Economics. Economics is the issue of our times and influences almost every aspect of our lives.


Taught in a non-technical way, the Introduction to Economics course at the University of Warwick will provide you with a sound knowledge of and an ability to apply the key principles of economics to every day events. Within this course, we will look at both microeconomics and macroeconomics: that is, the study of individuals, consumers and firms, as well as looking at the wider economy and concepts such as economic growth, unemployment and the financial crises.

The course will begin by exploring the fundamental economic question. We live in a world with scarce resources, including oil, money, time, energy and goods and services. However, we have unlimited wants. Therefore, we consider how these scarce resources are allocated and in doing so, we will explore the importance of choice. The course will then develop many fundamental concepts, ideas and models that economists use to study all the questions that result from this fundamental economic problem.

Is this course suitable for me?

If you are thinking about a future career that may involve knowing some Economics, but have never studied it before or simply want to know more about the subject, then this course is well designed for you. It would also be of benefit to anyone working in the public or private sectors where having a basic understanding of economics would be useful.

Course Aims

The aim of this course will be to provide you with the tools you need to think like an economist. We will aim to draw upon a variety of applications to demonstrate the important role that economics plays in shaping the lives of everyone. We will aim to explain why the wages of teachers, civil servants and nurses are less than accountants and solicitors and why tube strikes occur, but accountant strikes don’t. We will provide students with an understanding as to how governments decide whether to invest money in the existing rail infrastructure or build HS2, why flood insurance is so problematic and why countries are inclined to host big sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympics.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain what it means to ‘think like an economist’.
  • Understand the role of marginal costs and benefits in making economic decisions at the individual, firm and government level.
  • Demonstrate the difference between macroeconomic and microeconomic issues.
  • Apply the tools of economic analysis to a range of issues.
  • Assess how effective markets are at allocating resources and when there may be a role for government intervention.
  • Analyse the behaviour of firms and how the degree of competition can explain market outcomes.
  • Examine the economic performance of nations and use economic theory to explain the progress of economies.
  • Understand the growing interdependence of nations and how this can be used to offer an explanation for the global nature of the financial crises.

Programme Structure

The topics to be covered include:

  • The key economic problem.
  • Choice and opportunity cost and the production possibilities.
  • Different economic systems.
  • Demand and Supply
  • Competitive markets.
  • Imperfect competition and firm behaviour.
  • Game Theory and Strategic Behaviour.
  • Market Failure and government intervention.
  • Application of policy.
  • Economic growth and the business cycle.
  • Unemployment and inflation.
  • The financial crises and the role of the banking sector.
  • Fiscal and Monetary Policy.
  • Trade, Development and the interdependence of nations.
  • Globalisation and the emergence of the BRICs.



Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Home/EU students can apply after the 31st May if our courses are not yet full, as immigration permission should not be required.




3 alternative credits

Typical credit: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to anyone who is curious about studying Economics. 
  • We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. 
  • Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2300 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    2300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2300 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.
  • Student rate (includes a 10% discount until 30 April) - £2070
  • Standard rate (includes a 10% discount until 30 April) - £2790
  • Full student rate (after 30 April) - £2300
  • Full standard rate (after 30 April) - £3100

Student rates apply to any student enrolled at a University or College anywhere in the world.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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