Jul 23, 2017
Great course for a beginner like me. All the concepts are explained clearly with examples. The language used is simple which makes it easy to understand.
Sep 19, 2018
Concise yet very helpful. The reading material is well prepared. After this course, I can fully understand all the financial news.
von Shinapat K•
Aug 05, 2017
The instructor is't engaging. Needs more concepts explanations and examples. For introductory to macroeconomics course, should have fewer equations and more concepts, reasoning, and illustrations.
von Andras I•
Dec 10, 2019
I was looking forward to this course as the next step in the Managerial Economics. Little did I expect that after the brilliant Microeconomics (Firm Level Economics) course it will become such a chore to get through.
There are multiple issues with this course:
1, The presentation style: whereas in most courses you get to engage with the presenter, here there is too much screen time for not well edited, overly verbose slides that just get read out by the Professor. So it's a double distraction...you just keep staring at the same text as he mumbles on. I put it to 1.5x speed just to get through faster (and I'm taking notes on paper, still not too fast)
2, The material is not very well structured: in the first lesson I thought, we have a lot of definitions to get through...but it just keeps going like a huge, growing list of unstructured "stuff" the whole time. There is no weighting of higher level concepts, just a flood of information. Maybe also doesn't help that the videos are longer than the usual Coursera lesson(18-20 minutes vs 6-7 minutes) without much rhythm to them. So I just ended up watching a week's videos then from the notes tried to piece it together into a cohesive point.
3, Narrow minded look: I'm also not sure if forcing the Keynesian thinking all across the course in such tedious detail (and wasting time on useless, incoherent views about politics affecting economics) is more useful than mentioning other alternatives like the AD/AS model, neoclassical model, Money View (great course on Coursera, highly recommended!) or just in general open up from the dogma and try to make sure students understand that they're all modeling the same economic reality with different tools.
The quizes make you think and force some usage of the otherwise dry material.
The assigments are not bad but a bit on the simple side but unfortunately on Coursera longer submissions cannot be expected to be properly reviewed anyways.
Unless you really have to (as specialisation or iMBA requirement), I wouldn't recommend taking this course, you're better off reading a book (Theory and Applications of Macroeconomics or the OPENSTAX books - both free) or watch the (free) Khan Academy course, while they cover the same material (and more), they're much more engaging.
This was the hardest course for me to follow (not the content, the format) until I put it on hold and learned the material from other sources to come back and finish.
Although I really like Coursera and the format/content it offers, this one I cannot recommend. Such a shame...
von Natalie C•
Jun 11, 2018
Inadequate lecture materials for test and assignment preparation. Students should not have to go outside of required readings in order to learn required content for course.
von Nicholas J B•
Jun 13, 2018
Hard to understand. Too vauge with ideas and not enough examples.
von Abdullah F A M•
Jun 05, 2016
the videos are too long
assignments are difficult
and dr asfahani is not like dr larry
i loved dr larry much more
dr asfahani is not interesting in his presentations at all
von Chris M•
Jun 02, 2018
von Kausar K•
Jun 11, 2019
Content is very dry; slides have too much text and don't depict concepts well. Formulas, and teaching methodology is not structured.