My name's James. I'm a second-year Economics student here at the University of East Anglia.
Three words to describe my course would be useful, varied and important.
A typical day in the life for me on my Economics course, well, it varies across the week. At the beginning of the week, there'll be more lectures. End of the week, more seminars. Lectures are where you learn the bulk of the content and then seminars are where you're gonna test that knowledge through quizzes and different kinds of exam-style questions. So I'd start the day typically with a lecture and then go on to kind of do my own independent work, independent reading, to kind of read around the subject and get a better understanding of what I'm learning. So I can do my best in my exams.
The thing that was really interesting to me this semester, was looking at Behavioural Economics. Which is, looking why people behave in certain ways and trying to use economics to explain that. One really interesting study that we looked at was, where parents were bringing their children to nursery. And those who brought them late were then be given a fine. And what we saw that was actually, the parents would bring their kids late more often when there was a fine, which was really really interesting. And there are great concepts around that to explain why that was actually the case.