Teaching Open-system Economics
Please cite the paper as:
Dow, Sheila, (2013), Teaching Open-system Economics, World Economics Association (WEA) Conferences, No. 2 2013, The economics curriculum: towards a radical reformation, 3rd May – 14th June 2013
The different approaches to economics can be understood in terms of whether economics is understood in terms of a closed system or, if an open system, which type of open system. This paper considers what is implied for teaching, when an open-system approach is taken. The problems with open-system material are analysed in relation to the problem of uncertainty more generally. Focusing on issues of communication and persuasion, we consider the relative attractions of closed-system and open-system material for students as well as for teachers. The issues are addressed of how to build up an open-system programme and the respective roles of models, methodology, history of thought, history and contextual material.