Workers in the Economy


The aim of this module is to enable students to acquire a basic literacy in economics. This involves a basic understanding of how the economy works. It also involves understanding that there are different competing perspectives in the economics profession. It is important to understand how these different perspectives lead to different policy recommendations in addressing important public issues.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand how the economy and society are interrelated.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of income distribution and the dynamics of a capitalist economy over time.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of how different perspectives in economics lead to different policy conclusions.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of specific topics in economics, including government policy, money, trade and unemployment.


Stanford, J., (2015) Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism, 2nd Edition Pluto Press

Here’s something you might be asked to do in an assignment in this module:

Read ‘GDP and Human Well Being’ in your text book and find the same data for Ireland.

This is a core module in the Trade Union Studies Certificate programme worth 10 credits. It will be offered once every two years in each fixed location either by way of ten 3-hour night classes; 5 full day classes or a combination of each.