Go over over Syllabus (Online at http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jshackel or BUdepartments)
Papers New York Times--Wall Street Journal--Business Week
Purpose of a writing course is to introduce writing as a process
1. Argument of Economics
2. Language and rhetoric of economics
3. Understanding economics
4. Writing to learn - economics (read Galbreath on fuzzy writing and thinking
Three writing assignments - plenty of time - process--follow assignments
JOURNAL - special entries and all films - aim is to have informed ideas about current economic ideas and policies -- to learn and apply concepts
Discovery of ideas -formulate - express clearly
Self reflection write to learn --write to think
- hand in each period with name and section number and comment or question
or reflection on the material covered in class--or answer to specific question.
Wednesday Night Specials - other ways of looking at economic ideas.
sometimes peer review---sometimes computer or special
Another story - different from text from print - sights and sounds of economic issues
ask your self questions- what's happening - why - why these viewpoints?
Some of the Wednesday night specials will be pre-empted by exams or peer review sessions
EXAMINATIONS - are essay
ATTENDANCE -- counts in final grade. See syllabus or online handout
GOALS OF COURSE:
1. To introduce ideas, facts and theories - concepts (literacy and dymistification)
2. Apply those ideas, facts and theories to economic topics.
3. Challenge you to think about economic ideas - rather than accepting what you hear or read - to question and formulate our own analysis and your own views.
4. To introduce controversy - biases?
Economic History and History of Thought
Won't cover the whole book
Economic Problems - list 10 major economic facing the U.S. today