Commentary,  Economic Literacy

10-Part Online Course in the “Economics of Life”

10-Part Online Course in the “Economics of Life”

This fall, the Centre’s Director Jim Stanford is teaching a 10-part on-line course in “Economics for Everyone” through a University of Toronto-affiliated program called Later Life Learning (LLL). The course will dig under conventional economic jargon (about ‘markets’, ‘supply and demand,’ and ‘efficiency’), focusing instead on the economic issues that average people encounter in their daily life. The LLL program usually offers in-person courses at the U of T. But because of the pandemic it has moved on-line, and anyone can participate.

You first have to join the LLL network (it’s free). Then you can register for this course (which costs $70 for the 10 sessions). The course is number C-308.

The course will run every Friday from September 24 through December 3 (no class on November 12 for reading week), at 1pm Toronto time (10 am Pacific). Each lecture is 90 minutes. Jim will be using his book Economics for Everyone as a regular reference, supplemented by other topical materials. The course will cover all the central topics in economics: including work, employment, production, profit, investment, inequality, government, the environment, finance, and how to improve the economy.

Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He divides his time between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Jim is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union.