W80 Modern Day Slavery & Gender Discrimination in Less Developed Countries . In many less developed countries (LDCs), certain inherited beliefs, traditions, taboos, customs, and myths continue to play significant roles in marginalizing the poor, (e.g., minority groups, and women) by limiting their capabilities, participation, and effective representation in many spheres of life . Accepting, ignoring, or failing to challenge these discriminating informal institutions can diminish or nullify the effectiveness of proposed interventions, despite the positive intentions of such interventions. This course utilizes ‘new institutional economic analysis’ which opens up a genuinely interdisciplinary discussion involving political science, religion, sociology, and psychology, as well as economics. This framework is used to investigate the formal and informal institutions that embody societal reward and penalty systems that play crucial roles in spreading or eradicating the practice of modern-day slavery in many countries. The course uses case studies from different LDCs to highlight the specific factors and dynamics that create such fallen institutions as modern-day slavery, Dowry systems, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, discriminating personal status laws, Dowry burning, and honor killing. The course also proposes solutions and intervention schemes from a Christian perspective to redeem the victims and end these and other practices that violate human rights. In the end, solutions should empower the victims to attain greater capabilities, representation, and participation in various spheres of life in LDCs. Evaluations will be based on attendance, class participation, journals, quizzes, presentations, a course project and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Economics major and minor. Prerequisite: ECON 221. A. Abadeer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W81 Christianity & Economics Seminar. 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 become conversant with a wide variety of this literature through common readings and student presentations. Evaluation will be based on an oral presentation, participation in class discussions, and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Economics major. Prerequisite: one course in economics and one in philosophy. J. Tiemstra. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W20 An Abbey of Our Own. K. Schaefer.
IDIS W27 Personal Finance. R. De Vries, E. Van Der Heide.
IDIS W42 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail. J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde.