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Global Perspectives in Economics


This course is designed for anyone seeking to comprehend long-term global economic trends that are relevant to the current world. It is ideal for students who are interested in the areas of social sciences, including anthropology, economics, development, and international relations. The core concepts covered in the course are transferable and applicable to the real world for future practitioners and policymakers in related fields.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how industrialization influenced the economic and social structures and the growth of different societies

  • Analyze the relationship between the growth of national economies and the development of an international economy

  • Use quantitative historical data to understand why living standards and economic performance nowadays have improved significantly

  • Use economic theory to analyze the role of different factors in creating economic growth in different societies across time




Students will submit a short essay at the end of Week 1. The essay questions will be similar to the types of questions found in the final exam.



Summative assessment in this course is comprised of an essay and a final exam, each worth 50% of the overall grade. The essay is due on the Friday of Week 2, with results and feedback returned before the Tuesday of Week 3. The final exam, worth 50% of the overall grade will take place on the Friday of Week 3, and final grades will be released to students within one week after completing the exam.

The precise time and location for the exam will be announced during the programme.

Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.

  • Programme Name: Global Perspectives in Economics: HKU-LSE Collaborative Programme

  • Programme Code: HKU-LSEECON

  • Programme Duration: July 25 – Aug 17, 2024 (24 days)

  • Programme Period: July 25 – 27, 2024 at HKU & July 29 – Aug 17, 2024 at LSE

  • Target Audience: Academically high achieving Year 12 and 13 high school students (Secondary 5 – 6) between the ages of 16 – 17

  • Tuition Fees: 72,000* (HKD64,800* - 10% discount available for HKU Academy for the Talented members)

    • Comprising lectures, social activities, well-being and sports programmes, as well as accommodation with breakfast (additional charges may apply).

  • Recommended Airfare Schedule:

    • Departing from Hong Kong to London: July 27, 2024 (Arriving at Heathrow Airport on July 28, 2024) (Time: To be confirmed)

    • Departing from London to Hong Kong: Aug 17, 2024 (Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 18, 2024) (Time: To be confirmed)

  • Accommodation:

    • Included at LSE’s Hall of Residence with breakfast.

      • Check-in date: July 28, 2024

      • Check-out date: Aug 17, 2024

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024 (23:59) (for Local Student only)

* The programme fee includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast in London, course materials, field trips, a welcome kit, and transportation from the airport to accommodation in London for those who choose the recommended flights.

* Please note that the programme fee does not include flights and accommodation in Hong Kong. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from their home country, as well as transportation between London and Hong Kong. Our HKU programme coordinator will contact the admitted students by the end of February 2024 to provide more specific information regarding further arrangements.

* The programme is subject to cancellation if there are insufficient applications.

*Disclaimer: Programme contents and formats are subject to change.  We will continue to work closely with professors to refine our programme and ensure that students will have a safe and enjoyable time. Programme fees and application fees are non-refundable.

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