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ECON E-1010 Microeconomic Theory
This course presents the basic analytical tools of microeconomics. We start by looking at the decision making of individual consumers and ask how these decisions can be optimized or improved. Next, we look at the ways firms make and coordinate their decisions under varying market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly. Then we look at strategic behavior in imperfectly competitive markets, making use of concepts from game theory such as Nash equilibrium. Finally, we take up topics including bargaining theory, information economics, environmental externalities, and public goods.
This course provides an introduction to current economic issues and to basic economic principles and methods. Economics is not primarily a set of answers, but rather a method of reasoning. By the end of the course, students are able to use the framework they have learned to form their own judgments about the major economic problems faced by the United States and other countries.
Prerequisites: High school algebra recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from pre-writing exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum.
Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.
Euthanasia is a Private Matter: Why the State Needs to Get Off this Death Bed
Thug Sizzle Case Study: Criminalizing Creativity on Account of Crazy Fanatics
Beauty and Biotechnology: Embracing the Evolution of Human Enhancement
MATH E-3 Quantitative Reasoning: Practical Math
This course reviews basic arithmetical procedures and their use in everyday mathematics. It also includes an introduction to basic statistics covering such topics as the interpretation of numerical data, graph reading, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression. No previous knowledge of these tools is assumed. Recommendations for calculators are made during the first class.
Prerequisite: A willingness to (re)discover math, appreciate its practical uses, and enjoy its patterns and beauty.
This course provides an introductory survey of the field of finance. It examines the agents, instruments and institutions that make up the financial system of the modern economy, such as bonds, the stock market, derivatives, and the money market. Along the way, standard concepts and tools of financial analysis are introduced: present discounted value, option value, and the efficient markets hypothesis.
Recent developments in the field—in particular, the application of psychology to financial markets (called behavioral finance)—are also discussed. The course is designed to equip students with the tools they need to make their own financial decisions with greater skill and confidence. Specifically, we see how insights from academic finance can inform and improve students' own investing decisions.
Prerequisites: High school algebra. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.
This course introduces the important aspects of managing a business in a global economy. It teaches thoughtful decision making in connection with communications, marketing, human relations, efficiency, and the framework for making sound financial decisions amongst competing strategic priorities and objectives. It analyzes the risks and rewards of different types of management decision making. The course also covers corporate responsibility and ethics.
Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.