CANCELED W10 Economic Minds in the Making. Economists are storytellers. The stories they tell about issues such as healthcare, budget deficits/debt, and myriad other issues are varied and often confusing. Nevertheless, it is very important to understand the different stories that produce controversial opinions on these issues. However one feels about the issues at hand, it is critical to be able to understand and articulate the stories told from different perspectives. Participants in this course will be exposed to these different stories and expected to explain how these different stories produce radically different perspectives. Special emphasis placed on understanding and evaluating these stories from a Christian persective. Evaluation in the course consists of oral and written position statements from different economic perspectives. This course is not open to Business or Economics majors. R. Devries. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W80 Christianity & Economics. The last decade has seen a new outpouring of books and articles about the relationship of faith and learning in economics. Protestants and Catholics alike have debated the moral value of markets and capitalism, and the relevance of different schools of economic thought, ranging from Austrian and institutionalist to the neoclassical mainstream. "Radical orthodox" theologians have produced sophisticated arguments about different forms of economic organization. In this class, students will sample a wide range of this literature through common readings and student presentations. Students are expected to become conversant with contemporary thought on the faith and learning issue in economics, being able to identify different positions with authors and institutions that support them. They will also improve their ability to make oral presentations. Each student will be required to make an oral presentation to the class on a recent book on Christianity and economics, which will be the main basis for evaluation. There will also be a final exam. Attendance is required for a satisfactory grade. This course may fulfill an elective in the Economics and Business majors. Prerequisite: one course in economics and one in philosophy. J. Tiemstra. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W81 Experimental Economics. In this course students explore the use of experiments designed to develop, research, and test economic theories of human behavior. Experiments serve both as a tool for understanding economic behavior and a method of research. This course includes an introduction to experimental design, a review of important experiments in the field, and analysis /evaluation of the applicable theories. Students design their own experiments and carry them out. Evaluation of the students is based on one paper, one exam, and daily work. This course may fulfill an elective in the Economics major and minor. Prerequisite: ECON 221. S. McMullen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W12 Galapagos: Evolution’s Diamonds or Ecuador’s DisneyIslands. C. Blankespoor, S. Vander Linde.