ECON W80 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 positions. Evaluation is based on oral book reports, participation in class discussion, and a written essay exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the economics major. Prerequisite: one course in Economics. J. Tiemstra. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ECON W81 Institutional Economic Analysis of Discrimination. 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. This course is designed for students interested in economics, gender studies, history, international development studies, and political science. Students will be evaluated 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/minor. Prerequisite: ECON 221. A. Abadeer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W10 Glaciers, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $5700. C. Blankespoor, S. Vander Linde, A. Warners. Off campus.
IDIS W12 Business and Culture in Brazil. Course Dates: January 4-25. Fee: $5300. R. Eames, E. Van Der Heide. Off campus.
IDIS W50 NGOs and Grassroots Development – The Salvation of the Global South? T. Kuperus. 8:30 a.m. to noon.