Course Syllabus University of Florida Food and Resource Economics DepartmentAEB 2014 – Economic Issues, Food, and You Spring Term 2006 3 Credit Hours Section: 0813 Mon, Wed & Fri 3:00pm – 3:50pm (Period 8)Classroom: MCCA (McCarty Hall A) G186 Instructor: Mikael Sandberg Office: 1193 McCarty A Phone:392-1826 ext. 408 Office Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:40am – 11:30am Thurs: 1:00pm – 4:00pm (plus an open-door policy) E-mail: [email protected]OR [email protected]Teaching Assistant: Max Grunbaum; Office: G104 McCarty Hall B Office Hours: Mon & Wed 1:00pm – 2:50pm; e-mail: [email protected]F.R.E. Program Assistant: Nancy Baker; 1197 McCarty Hall A; 392-1826 ext. 210 Text: Essentials of Economics, 3rd Edition, N. Gregory Mankiw. South-Western Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 0-324-17191-9. Course Web-page: There is a WebCT web-page for this course. To access WebCT you will need your Gatorlink username and password. Further information will be provided in class. Course Objectives:The objective of this course is for students to better understand the economic world that surrounds them. The purpose is not turn students into professional economists or wizards in economic theory, but rather to familiarize them with the tools of economics so they can themselves critically analyze the economic issues facing them in school, in their personal lives, and throughout their professional careers. Examples of issues we will analyze in this class include: •What are markets and how do markets work? •What determines the prices of goods and services? •What are the effects of the government’s agricultural policy? •Is international trade good or bad for the U.S. economy? •What is the impact of trade policy on U.S. producers and U.S. consumers? •Why do public universities exist? •How do we measure National Income? •What is inflation and how does it impact us? •What is unemployment and how is it measured? 1
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