W83 Globalization: The New World Economy. Many people believe that globalization, the spread of international trade and investment, is the key to a new economy, with low unemployment and inflation, and growing productivity and income. But there are important critics who believe that the global economy leads to declining labor standards and wages, increased environmental degradation, and dangerous financial instability. Students in this course will read and report on a variety of economic commentary on globalization, learning to discuss articulately the arguments for various postions. Evaluation is based on oral book reports, participation in class discussion, and a written essay exam. Satisfies a departmental elective for majors in the Department of Economics and Business. Prerequisite: One course in economics. J. Tiemstra. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W15 Ecuador: Galapagos Islands. S. Vander Linde, C. Blankespoor.