Economics, Sustainability and Society Major Course Descriptions

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The following courses are required for the ECOS major:

ECON 305: Microeconomic Analysis An in-depth study of consumer behavior, production costs, the firm, market structure, factor markets, and general equilibrium analysis.

ECON 320: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics - A survey of basic concepts and models in the related fields of environmental and natural resources economics.  Students will relate economic decision-making to environmental quality and human well-being (now and in the future).

ECON 4XX: Environment, Economics & Policy - Students will analyze and extend the basic concepts and models learned in previous courses, and apply these to policy questions concerning economics and the environment.  Applications will involve project work, with reference to a particular natural resource or ecosystem service. (Prerequisite: ECON 320)

ECON 341:  Economics of Developing Countries - An introduction to issues and problems facing developing countries through consideration of the historical and current experience of a variety of less developed countries. Analysis will include why some countries are under-developed and what influences the pattern of development, and will utilize theoretical and empirical tools.

ECON 3XX: Sustainable Economic Development - This course will survey the economic, technological and political dimensions of sustainable economic development. The course will focus on theoretical and empirical analysis of patterns of natural resource usage, population pressures, trends in food production, differences in environmental standards, and the role of globalization.

[XXXX XXX] Cultural Studies and Sustainability - Drawing on sociology, literary criticism, history, and postcolonialism studies, students will examine the relation between sustainability and theories of culture as a site of resistance and negotiation where different groups compete for recognition, representation, and power. Students will consider sustainability as a cultural construction, and compare different cultural processes and practices surrounding the notion of sustainability.

[XXXX XXX] Cultural Studies & Sustainability Policies - Using case analysis and empirical materials, this course will apply the concepts and theories from prior coursework to examine the role of culture in sustainability practices and policies around the world, with a focus on developing countries.

ECOS Capstone: Experiential Integrative Project - Students will work within an organization on a new sustainability policy initiative.  They will develop a project plan, assess the impact of current practices and policies compared to the new initiative, and create an implementation plan.

MGMT 322: Managing for Sustainability - A survey course covering business sustainability issues and practices from a triple bottom line perspective.

STAT 211: Business Statistics II - Descriptive statistics, sampling and statistical inference within the context of business applications.

XXXX XXX: Environmental Policy Seminar - Environmental policy seminar offered on specific environmental problems and issues, such as climate change, water resources, transportation, and energy policy.  Can be offered by a diverse selection of departments (philosophy, political science, economics, etc), or as an interdisciplinary course.

The following courses are recommended choices for ECOS Electives I, II, & III:

BIOL 398: Seminar: Environmental Studies - An environmental issue is selected (such as sustainable agriculture) and each student is responsible for investigating a facet of the problem. The seminar format provides a mechanism for sharing ideas for proper procedure in investigating the problem, analyzing and interpreting data, and exploring the economic, ecological, and ethical consequences of alternative problem resolutions.

ECON 306: Macroeconomic Analysis - Theoretical foundations of macro models integrating real and monetary sectors in both open and closed economies. Controversies in modern macro theory, with emphasis on business cycle theory.

ECON 307: Empirical Analysis & Methods - The construction and testing of economic models. Emphasis is given to linear regression techniques, special problems in estimating economic relationships, and interpretation of results.

ECON 395: Economics of Poverty - Issues of poverty and discrimination, including examination of their causes and consequences, as well as policies to reduce their prevalence.

ECON 315: History of Economic Thought - Ideas and theories of major contributors to economic thought, with a focus on primary sources by Smith, Mill, Marx, and Keynes.

ECON 420: Urban and Regional Economics - Analysis of the economic reasons for city formation and spatial density patterns, with a focus on cities in the United States. Issues of transportation, housing, local government finance, crime and poverty will be explored.

ECON 440: Public Economics - Study of economic efficiency, distribution and role of government in the economy. Topics include: market failure, public and private provision of public goods, an analysis of the principles of government expenditure and taxation.

ECON 450: International Economics - Basis for trade between nations. Barriers to trade. Balance of payments. Exchange rate determination. Monetary and fiscal policies in an open economy.

ECON 460: Labor Economics - Analysis of labor market behavior. Issues of compensation, human capital investment, unionization, discrimination, and the influence of the labor market on the macro economy.

ECON 495: Markets, Strategy & Rivalry - Applied microeconomic analysis for decision-making within the business firm. Topics include pricing decisions, internal labor issues, and external market pressures.

MGMT 385 Project Management - The purpose of this course is to prepare students to plan, organize, lead, participate in, control, and improve projects, via lectures, cases, and participation in real-life projects.

MGMT 333: Global Supply Chain Management - A thorough introduction to the field of Supply Chain Management with an emphasis on current practice and emerging trends.  Course includes material on sustainability practices in the supply chain.

XXXX 303/403: Internship: Jr/Sr - An elective cooperative experience where students earn academic credit while performing approved related work experience.