Syllabus Winter 2012

Syllabus Winter 2012 - AMERICAN HERITAGE 100 BRIGHAM YOUNG...

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AMERICAN HERITAGE 100 B RIGHAM Y OUNG U NIVERSITY W INTER 2012 C OURSE A DMINISTRATION P ROFESSOR David E. Spencer Professor, Department of Economics Office: 165 FOB Office hours: M, T 3:00-4:00 PM, or by appointment A MERICAN H ERITAGE C OORDINATOR : Erica Germaine Phone: 422-6076 Email: [email protected] Office: 166 SWKT Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Website: As the course coordinator, Erica Germaine is responsible for all administrative aspects of American Heritage. Questions about course content should be directed toward Dr. Spencer or your teaching assistant. Answers to your questions about course administration can likely be found on the website or in this syllabus. If you cannot find the answers there, Erica Germaine will help you. Lectures: Sections 072-074; 080-085 M,W 9:00-9:50 AM 250 SWKT Sections 075-076; 086-092 M,W 10:00-10:50 AM 250 SWKT Sections 077-079; 093-098 M,W 2:00-2:50 PM 250 SWKT C OURSE O VERVIEW Welcome to American Heritage, a signature course at BYU and one of the few created by direct mandate from the Board of Trustees. Because American Heritage is unlike most other introductory courses you will take, I have prepared a longer-than-usual syllabus. Please read the syllabus carefully from beginning to end; I hope it will be a helpful guide for you. American Heritage 100 studies the American Founding, which includes the winning of American independence through battle and the establishment of American liberty with the ratification of the Constitution. We will use economics, history, and political science, along with an LDS gospel perspective, to investigate the origins and legacy of the American system of representative democracy and market capitalism. We examine the Founding not just as a historical event but also as a shaping force for our present era. We will also study key changes to American society since the Founding, most notably the
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wrenching ordeal of the Civil War and the resulting Emancipation and extension of key rights to all Americans, which many consider to be a “Refounding”. (Still, a century later, many blacks had fewer liberties than whites.) We will address some of the most important questions ever asked: How can societies maintain liberty for all law-abiding citizens? How can societies minimize economic deprivation and maximize economic opportunity? What should governments do and not do? When should markets be given free rein, and when should they be regulated? Wrestling with the issues covered in this course will enlighten you and will enable you to become a more productive citizen anywhere in the world. This is why the BYU Board of Trustees, guided by the First Presidency of the Church, mandated American Heritage as a required course for BYU undergraduates. C
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