Student Teacher Event 2023

We are delighted to launch the online resource version of the Scottish Teachers and Students of Economics Conference 2023.

In this set of videos and downloadable online resources we are covering some very important topics which will not only be of interest to students of Economics and their teachers but to students of other subjects eg Modern Studies and also the wider public.

We very much hope you find these resources useful and that they will engender some very interesting discussions in class.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or any difficulties downloading the material.

 

Section 1:  Fair Work and Productivity

Presenter:  Patricia Findlay, Professor at University of Strathclyde and Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research

Video Presentation:  Link to video (Zoom recording)
Access Password: aUk^2R8P

 

Online Resources

  1. https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/
    1. https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/fair-work-in-hospitality-inquiry/
    2. https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/fair-work-in-scotlands-construction-industry-2022/
    3. https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/fair-work-in-scotlands-construction-industry-2022/
  2. Summary of the Fair Work Framework
    https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Fair-Work-Convention-Framework-PDF-Summary-Version.pdf
  1. What Next for Fair Work in Scotland
    https://d1ssu070pg2v9i.cloudfront.net/pex/pex_carnegie2021/2021/03/05093420/What-next-for-Fair-Work-in-Scotland.pdf
  1. Productivity Statistics for Scotland:
    https://www.gov.scot/publications/labour-productivity-2022/#:~:text=Key%20Results,pre%2Dpandemic%20level%20in%202019.
  1. Scotland’s Productivity Gap with international countries: research
    https://www.gov.scot/publications/investigating-factors-driving-scotlands-productivity-gap-international-countries/
  1. Fair Work, Innovation and Productivity
    https://innovatingworks.org.uk/download/2021/Findlay_etal_PP_2021_Business_models_innovation_employees_experiences_in_the_workplace.pdf
  1. Scotland’s comparative performance on Fair Work indicators
    https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/performance/SCT10234932321-00.htm

 

Study Guide Questions

  1. What are the dimensions of Fair Work and what do they mean in practice?
  2. How do you define productivity?
  3. Is there a problem with productivity in Scotland? In the UK?
  4. How might Fair Work help workers to be more innovative and creative?
  5. Is there a link between well-being and productivity? How is it good for individuals? How is it good for employers?  How is it good for the economy? How is it good for society?

 

Section 2:  Adam Smith

Presenter:  tba.

Video Presentation: tba

 

Online Resources

  1. Five reasons Adam Smith remains Britain's most important economist, 300 years on: https://theconversation.com/five-reasons-adam-smith-remains-britains-most-important-economist-300-years-on-205154
  2. What the right gets wrong about Adam Smith: https://theconversation.com/what-the-right-gets-wrong-about-adam-smith-207798
  3. In Search of the Real Adam Smith (podcasts): https://freakonomics.com/podcast-tag/in-search-of-the-real-adam-smith/

 

Study Guide Questions

  1. Who is Adam Smith and what is he famous for?
  2. Adam Smith introduced the concept of the division of labour in "The Wealth of Nations." Explain how having people specialise in different jobs can help make work faster and better.
  3. How do we see Adam Smith's ideas in action today? Can you think of ways the world works differently from what he suggested?