a)   Curriculum Aims

The aims of the Economics curriculum are to enable students to:

(a) develop an interest in exploring human behaviour and social issues through an economic perspective;

(b) understand the world in which they live through mastery of basic economic knowledge;

(c) enhance their general intellectual capacity for life-long learning, through developing their capacities in economic analysis, so that they possess the skills necessary for reasoning about issues and making rational choices; and

(d) participate as informed and responsible citizens in the decision-making processes of a modern democratic society.

b)   Curriculum Objectives

(i)     Knowledge and understanding

Students will develop knowledge and understanding about:

(a) economic terminology and concepts, as well as elementary economic theories;

(b) basic economic problems faced by every individual and society, and alternative approaches to tackling these problems;

(c) the considerations and forces underlying the economic decisions that need to be taken by individuals, firms, institutions and governments;

(d) the interactions of different economic sectors; and

(e) the Hong Kong economy and its relationship with the economies of other parts of the nation and the world.

(ii)    Skills

Students will develop skills to:

(a) interpret economic information presented in verbal, numerical or graphical form;

(b) apply their economic knowledge to a variety of problems and issues in a range of economic contexts;

(c) analyse information through the use of economic concepts and theories;

(d) evaluate information, arguments, proposals and policies from different economic perspectives and make informed judgements; and

(e) communicate economic ideas and informed judgements, in a clear, logical and appropriate form.

(iii)   Values and attitudes

Students will develop values and attitudes so that they may:

(a) participate as informed persons in the discussion of economic issues and decision making; and

(b) become active and responsible citizens and contribute to the well-being of the local community, the nation and the world.