This YouTube playlist, presented by a popular video-blogger, is mostly about the US political system, but some of the videos address government regulation, monetary & fiscal policy, the free market and market failure. The fifty videos are each just under ten minutes in length and combine the presenter speaking to camera with some animation. CrashCourse is a crowd-funded project in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.
Video and Audio Clips in Principles (General)
This YouTube playlist includes short (usually around 9 mins), well-produced videos illustrating the economic concepts underlying popular films. Examples include more recent films such as Elysium, Wall-E, The Lego Movie, and Dallas Buyers' Club, as well as classics like It's a Wonderful Life and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The presenter is a US-based comedian and political columnist who intersperses clips from the relevant film with his own commentary and scenes into which he has been digitally inserted. In addition to the films, the series House of Cards is examined in one video.
A ten minute video introduction to the subject of economics, distinguishing microeconomics from macroeconomics by analysing a paragraph of text from Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
A set of six short animated videos each explaining a concept in economics and voiced by the actor and columnist David Mitchell. The topics are The Invisible Hand, The Paradox of Thrift, The Phillips Curve, Comparative Advantage, The Impossible Trinity (currency flows, low interest rates and stable exchange rates) and Rational Choice Theory. The videos are available on the OpenLearn website, from iTunes or on YouTube.
Commanding Heights is a three-part television series and a content-rich companion website. This extensive site offers resources for students, teachers, and the public-at-large. It was produced by PBS, the US publicly-funded broadcasting service. The site provides a guide to globalisation, trade and economic development. There is a timeline of key events since 1911, and a storyline of the three two-hour episodes of the TV programme. There are transcripts of interviews with people who are involved with or comment on economics, e.g. Naomi Klein. The Ideas section of the site looks at theories or phenomena like Reaganomics, the British Welfare State, the Chicago School, Marxist economics and Keynesian Economic Theory. The Resources page has a list of websites and a bibliography of books, for further research. An online educators' guide is available on the site, with a short video describing the site's key features.
Welker's Wikinomics is a set of online resources for teachers and students of International Baccalaureate Economics. The video resources include around 100 video tutorials of about ten minutes each, uploaded during 2012. They use a narrated-diagram format to explain concepts in basic micro-, macro- and international economics. Each category also has flashcards, a glossary and worksheets.