Business & Economics
BUS W10 Personal Finance. This course is designed to help the non-business/economics/accounting majors explore the realm of personal finance. The course takes a fundamental look at everyday financial matters such as banking, consumer borrowing, mortgage financing, retirement planning, insurance, investing, taxes and budgeting. In doing so, the course introduces those not familiar with these issues to the basics needed to effectively manage personal finances today and in the future. Throughout the course an emphasis is placed on biblical principles which guide a Christian approach to stewardship. Local experts are invited to class to share information, experiences and perspectives. Student evaluation is based on class participation, presentations and assignments. This course is not open to students majoring in the department of economics and business R. Medema. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
BUS W11 Hollywood and Business – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Hollywood often portrays business as bad and ugly in movies including classics like Citizen Kane, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wall Street and Other People's Money . How much truth is there in this portrayal? After the scandals of the late 1990s and the early 2000s, one might conclude that business can not be redeemed. The issue of business ethics will be considered by viewing and critiquing movies and reading about recent business scandals. There will also be presentations and discussion with local business people and how they deal with the ethical issues confronting them. Students will be required to complete research papers, interview local business people and make presentations of their research to the class. R. Slager. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(CANCELED) ECON W80 An Introduction to Game Theory. Game theory has found its applications in numerous fields such as Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and Evolutionary Biology. This course is an introductory course in game theory. The basic principles of game theory are analyzed to provide insight into real-world problems. Students will develop the ability to construct simple games from actual situations and derive implications about expected behavior. Students will also be required to participate in experiments/play games during class. Applications of game theory covered during the course include topics such as: (1) The economics of corruption and crime (2) Arms races (3) Strategic voting (4) Political competition and (4) Corporate Finance. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, class participation, and a final paper which they will present to the class. This course will satisfy a department elective for majors in the department. Prerequisites: Economics 221 and Economics 200, Math 132, or Math 161 or higher. A. Samuel. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
BUS W81 European Influence on US Businesses. Managers who operate within international markets must understand how such global aspects of business influence business operations, policies, and procedures, even at the local level. This course teaches students how the European environment influences business strategies and decision making in US businesses. The class spends three weeks traveling in Europe , visiting business organizations that operate in the international arena. Since history and culture influence business strategy, students visit well-known sites in England , the Netherlands , Belgium , France , Germany , Austria , and the Czech Republic . In preparation for the course, students do some reflective reading and visit local companies. While in Europe , they keep a substantial, reflective journal which incorporates material from required readings, participate in class discussions, and prepare a descriptive paper on companies or locations to be visited. This course will satisfy a department elective for majors in the department. Prerequisites: Business 160 and Economic 222, or instructor approval. Fee: $3,800. R. Eames, E. Van Der Heide . Off campus.
BUS W82 Global Markets and Culture in New York . Global financial markets affect life throughout the world. Christians can understand how these markets can fail in a fallen world or be used for global redemption. Students in this course travel to New York City to experience the cross-cultural melting pot of people and ideas as well as to learn about world financial markets directly from individuals involved in international finance. The course features one week on campus and two weeks in New York City . Learning is facilitated via a combination of readings, discussions, visits to firms involved in finance, participation in cross-cultural activities (including through finance, theatre, music and others), daily journals, and a reflective essay. Evaluation is based on quality of participation in meetings and discussions and on the reflective essay. One pre-trip meeting is required in the Fall term. This course will meet the Cross Cultural Engagement (CCE) core requirement and qualifies as an elective in the Department of Economics and Business. Prerequisites: BUS 204 and ECON 222 or instructor approval. Fee: $2,314. D. Pruis, L. Van Drunen . Off campus.
IDIS W15 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail . J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde.
IDIS W17 Honduras : Poverty and Hope. R. Hoksbergen, K. Ver Beek, J. Van Engen.
IDIS W27 Volunteerism and Volunteer Management: The Invisible Workforce . S. Camp.
IDIS W32 Church and Development. A. Mpesha, N. Mpesha.
IDIS W64 Gender Discrimination in LDC's. A. Abadeer.
IDS W40 Hope Amidst an Unjust War: Conflict in Northern Uganda . G. Monsma