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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ECON 34 or 34H.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to employ economic reasoning to a current economic topic.
  • Students will be able to exhibit understanding of an economic concept discussed in class.
Description -
A seminar in directed readings, discussions and projects in economics. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the topic in a skillful and thorough manner
  2. discuss the topic critically with instructor and other students
  3. explain the importance of the topic to the discipline
  4. use new vocabulary relevant to the topic
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the various topics
  2. use of primary, secondary and other important monographs as appropriate
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class participation/contributions
  2. Exams based on readings
  3. Presentations
Representative Text(s) -
As appropriate to topic, as course content changes with each offering. Examples include:
Karlan, Dean and Jacob Appel. More Than Good Intentions. Plume, 2012.
Woods Jr., Thomas. Meltdown. Regnery Publishing, 2009.
Schuman, Michael. The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth. HarperBusiness, 2010.
Collier, Paul. The Bottom Billion. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Classes typically revolve around student discussion of an assigned reading with a quiz or paper as additional motivation. Refer to Representative Texts for examples of assigned reading.