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Big questions for young minds – LSE launches new economics lecture for young people online

A new online lecture which tackles big questions about the economy for a younger audience has been launched by LSE.

In 'The LSE Big Questions lecture: East beats West? Is the East taking over the world?', Professor Danny Quah addresses the issue of the rising economic power of China and other Asian countries and asks whether we should be fearful of this.

Big questions Danny QuahUsing audience-participation games, demonstrations, films and interviews, Danny explains what the economy is, why it matters, how global trade is changing the world and how we will need to adapt to this.

In June 150 secondary school children, from nine London schools, took part in the pilot lecture designed to introduce the social sciences to young people aged 11 – 14 year olds (Key Stage 3) in an interactive, informative and fun way.

For example, as part of the lecture, Michael-George Hemus, co-director of the electronics company Hulger was interviewed by Danny. Hulger makes the award-winning Plumen low-energy light bulb. Michael-George explained why companies such as his get their products made in China and what the challenges of this are

"Communicating the excitement and relevance of one of the biggest economic issues of our times to 11- 14 year olds was hugely enriching," said Danny, a professor in the Department of Economics. "It was completely different from talking to LSE students who, among other things, always remember they have to pass a final examination that you set!."

The film is of the lecture is available to watch here: The LSE Big Questions lecture: East beats West? Is the East taking over the world?|

Big Questions audienceDr Jonathan Leape, Director of LSE100 and Project Director of the Big Questions lecture said: "In developing this lecture, we worked hard to identify the essential underlying economic concepts and convey them in engaging and accessible ways. Ultimately, we want to inspire young people about the power of the social sciences to help them understand the world around them."

Big Questions builds on the approach and success of LSE100-The LSE Course, the pioneering, compulsory course in which first year LSE students apply rigorous social science thinking to important issues of our time.

Published Tuesday 6 December

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