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Are there any Computer Science or programming free electives you can take?

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    I've applied for Economics but would like to learn some programming if that is possible.

    Just teach yourself, programming modules tend to be not so useful since 50% of what you do (lectures) is ultimately incredibly boring and irrelevant; you learn to program much better by doing, even by trial and error; you get so much more from the weekly computer lab sessions than the lectures, but particularly for those modules with written exams, you just end up spending more time doing random crap you don't need to be a passable programmer.

    Look around on the interwebs for resources; I would recommend probably like python or java to start. If you're really a masochist and/or want to show off you could start with C and move on to one of the OO languages; this way teaches you important aspects of memory allocation and makes you think a bit about computer architecture, but for everyday use (even in semi-scientific settings like econ) it's overkill/tedious. You should probably dabble in C at some point if you do want to program seriously, but there's not really any need to do it immediately (unless you really love rasberry pi's)
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