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367 02 Spring 2009 Revised Syllabus

367 02 Spring 2009 Revised Syllabus - Economics 367.02...

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Economics 367.02: Current Economic Issues in the United States Spring 2009 Lecturer: Dr. Molly Malloy Cooper MW: 12:30-2:18 E-mail: [email protected] 358 Central Classroom Bldg. Office: 427Arps Hall Phone: 292-3790 Office Hours: MW 10 am – Noon Course Objectives / GEC Statement The purpose of this course is to develop your written and verbal communication skills. Readings and classroom discussions will examine current controversial economic issues such as: Executive Compensation, Social Security Privatization, Health Care, and Educational Policies. Each student will choose a position on one of these topics to argue with a group in a class presentation. Students will write several short argument papers on these issues as well as a term paper on their presentation topics. Students will also write a midterm paper analyzing a current policy issue relevant to this course. Economics 367.02 is a GEC course in Arts and Sciences, Skills, Writing and Related  Skills, Second Writing Category.   Economics 367.02 has been designed with the general  learning objectives of this category in mind.  The readings, class discussions and written  assignments will further students’ abilities:  To apply basic skills in expository writing. To demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral expression. To use and retrieve written information analytically and effectively.    Economics 367.02  fits directly into this category by addressing these main learning objectives.  The assigned papers, oral presentations, and classroom discussion aid students in: Developing their expository writing skills by the drafting of several short argument papers. Demonstrating their critical thinking in applying economic analyses to their arguments.  Learning about the vast resources available through the university libraries system. Articulating their opinions as debate leaders and participants. Learning the process of writing research papers: topic submission, outline, rough draft, and incorporation of  criticism.
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Course Materials Required Textbook: Frank J. Bonello, ed. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Economic Issues , 13 th ed. (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2006). An outline of class notes and additional materials will be available on the course website on CARMEN. The outlines are not meant to serve as a substitute for attending class lectures . Many of the articles posted will be from the Wall Street Journal , which will require you to have a subscription to access. A very reasonably priced 10-week student subscription is also available online at http://WSJStudent.com . You will also be given an opportunity to sign up during the first class.
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