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Spring 2023
May 29,2024
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ECON 201 - Principles of Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics
Associated Term: Spring 2023
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior: Continue to recognize and analyze microeconomic frontiers explored in Econ 200. Emphasize both explicit and implicit costs in the context of readily identifiable (and measurable) costs. Also acquire and hone skills necessary to analyze those less easily quantifiable costs of decision making inherent to the human experience
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live: Appreciate the wide array of motivations that drive an individual, corporate, and/or social construct to maximize profit. Continue to analyze what it means to think "economically" and how that results in divergent and sometimes contradictory policy dependent upon the social context and parameters within which issues arise. Begin to learn to apply these economic methodologies on an individual as well as societal basis
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society: Course will convey an understanding of basic market structures and how they impact society as a whole as well as the affect upon individuals. Examine the means of capitalizing upon the market momentum of the various market structures in order to heighten the benefits and minimize the detriments inherent to those structures
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry: Examine, identify and assess economic theories and approaches regarding various market structures from the perspectives of liberal and conservative ideologies. Delve into the philosophical and logical realms of laissez faire vs. government mandated responses to issues and problems endemic to a mixed market system
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication: Weekly in class and/or online forum discussions and required graded written analysis of a wide range of relevant topics is designed and intended to hone communication skills
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively: Trace the origins of union movements and anti-trust legislation (including Marxist and other influences) to appreciate the impact of the evolution of our (somewhat) market system upon individuals and social structures
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