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Economics

Most students encounter economics for the first time when they enter junior colleges. The prospect of taking up a totally new but popular discipline could be daunting. At Temasek Junior College, we go beyond helping students cope with this new discipline, and intrigue them with our structured curriculum and pedagogy so that they excel as budding economists.

Curriculum

Economics is a discipline that studies how resources are allocated in the society and looks into methods to improve resource allocation such that society’s welfare is maximised. For a country, economists may recommend strategies that would help improve its standard of living. 

Economics is offered at the H1 (8823), H2 (9757) and H3 (9809) level. Most students would be taking either H1 or H2 Economics. These two syllabuses aim for students to learn how to explain and evaluate real world problems and policies, with an emphasis on the Singapore economy. Microeconomics topics such as price determination, market failure, and market structures are covered in the H2 curriculum in JC1. In JC2, students learn about Macroeconomics, which looks into economy-wide issues like inflation, unemployment and economic growth. 

H1 Economics is largely similar to H2 in terms of the overall focus as well as the academic skills tested. What differs is that the H2 syllabus covers more topics and discusses some of the topics in greater depth. While the content coverage for H2 is more than that of H1, the degree of academic rigour and challenge is similar. 

At the end of JC1, H3 Economics is also offered to high ability students to stretch their potential and further enhance their understanding and critical analysis of economic issues. Various H3 options are available in TJC, including the MOE H3 (9809) Syllabus, SMU H3 on Game Theory, and the Humanities and Social Science Research Paper that is offered by NUS.

Enrichment

To enhance their learning experience, students are given opportunities to learn beyond the classroom with a wide range of economics-related enrichment activities. 

Our students have previously went on learning journeys to the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA). These learning journeys allowed them to see how skills and knowledge in economics are being applied in the real world. 

Apart from learning journeys, economics practitioners have also been brought into campus to enrich the learning of our students. Speakers from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) are invited to Temasek Junior College to share with our students the policies, challenges and decision-making process in their field of work. 

Teachers also actively recommend externally organised lectures, workshops, seminars and competitions to students so as to expand their horizons on the contemporary economic debates. These enrichment activities will also provide good opportunities for our students to expose themselves to the various university and career choices that are relevant to economics. 

In recent years, TJC economics students experienced notable achievements in various academic competitions. In 2014, a team of TJC students achieved 1st runners-up in the National Economics and Fund Management quiz. In 2014 and 2015, our students bagged 3rd Prize and 2nd Prize respectively for the MAS-ESS Economics Essay Writing competition. In 2017, our students clinched the Best Demonstration of Economics Content and Supporters Choice Awards for the EDB Economics Short Film Competition. In 2018, we won the Best Response in the Spontaneous Round in the same competition. Moreover, TJC won the top prize in the Budget Quizzes organised by the Ministry of Finance in both 2017 and 2018.

Pedagogy

Excelling in economics requires a supportive classroom environment and the use of meaningful learning activities. Our tutors make use of a range of tools for teaching and learning to help students progressively acquire the skills required of economists such as academic writing and case analyses. Important workplace and lifelong skills such as independent learning and working collaboratively are honed through the programme. In Temasek Junior College, we adopt a schematic-plan approach which is a skills-based strategy. It is governed by the Dissect + Design = Performance rule. Students will be required to dissect the question using a guide to routine thinking and question interpretation, and then design a schematic plan; a simple, concise visual outline of what an answer 'should' look like. We also strongly encourage students to take charge of their own learning by equipping them with studying and revision techniques. Frequent assessment of students’ progress is made using a range of assessment tools such as take-home assignments, in-class writing practices, as well as short but fun competitive quizzes.

At the heart of our pedagogical approach is a spirit of innovation. The economics department is constantly learning together and is conducting two presentations at the 2019 Economics Teachers’ Learning Festival on a framework for evaluation in economics and blended learning with the use of the Students’ Learning Space.

Staff

The Economics Department comprises 17 committed tutors who are trained and experienced in customising their lessons to learners of different profiles. Enquiries can be directed to Mr Koh Weining, Head of Department (Humanities 2) at koh_weining@moe.edu.sg or Ms Melissa Teo, Deputy Head of Department (Humanities 2) at teo_li_san_melissa@moe.edu.sg.