Economics

ECO 202 Introduction to Economics in Historical Perspective
Any analysis of contemporary societies requires some degree of familiarity with the history, concepts, tools, assumptions, policies, and philosophical positions that together describe the economy and it's evolution over time. In the words of one of my favorite economists: "The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists." (Joan Robinson, 1955) Suitable for non-majors.

ECO 242 Economics, Media, Propaganda
Examines how economic rhetoric in the media is shaping popular understanding of political-economic issues and public policy. Consider the following quote: "The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists."

ECO 277 Economics and Cinema
This course focuses on how movies employ cinematographic artistry to address political-economic issues. It is designed for students with a genuine interest in cinema and in social issues. We will view a diverse selection of movies, discuss the economic issues they address, and analyze the artistic devices they use to convey them. As a final project, students will create and present a proposal for a movie including a synopsis of the story, its economic context, and an analysis of the ways it would express social-economic issues. Actual short pilot movies are very highly encouraged. Suitable for non-majors.

ECO 303 Intermediate Microeconomics
Continues with neoclassical theories of consumer behavior and of the firm, using mathematical as well as graphic techniques. Probes topics similar to those in ECO 212 but more intensively.
Prerequisite: ECO 202, and 203 or ECO 212 and 213.

ECO 323 Political Economy of Chinese Development
Examines contemporary Chinese economic development in historical and global contexts, with an emphasis on the role of class relations and state policies in shaping economic changes.
Prerequisite: ECO 202, and 203 or ECO 212 and 213.

ECO 350 Mindful Economics:  Economic Decision-Making and the Brain
This course examines economic decision-making from both a behavioral economic perspective and a neuroeconomic perspective, contrasting it with the approach used in standard economics.
Prerequisite: ECO 202, and 203 or ECO 212 and 213.