Fall 2018 Course Descriptions for
Economics

ECO 202 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 239 Women and Work
Explores the effects of increasing numbers of working women on households and employment policies, earning differentials, company and government policies, comparison of women's work issues with those of minorities, and valuation of household work. Suitable for nonmajors. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent.

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 304 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Uses mathematical and graphical techniques to analyze behavior and relationships among broad aggregates of economic activity. Topics include discussion of economic policy, policy alternatives, and alternative economic models of macroeconomy. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 306 Monetary Economics
Examines financial markets and institutions, monetary theory, and macroeconomic implications. Charts the relationship between Federal Reserve and depository institutions, as well as the effects of monetary and fiscal policies on economic performance. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.

ECO 370 Economics of Piracy
From the high seas to digital video discs (DVDs), piracy surrounds us. Piracy evolves with changing technology and legal innovations. Explores economic implications of, and rationale for, piracy in detail. Prerequisite: ECO 108, 202 and 203.