Welcome to EC 200-Spring 2018

 


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Here's some advice from your colleagues in last semester's class:

Welcome to the future of Economics! One of the things I loved about this class was how relevant everything was, and how un-traditional it was in terms of an economics class. This class pairs economics with modern times, bringing in ethics and new ideas that make economics feel fresh and actually engaging. For me it was great getting to do the blog posts and apply the concepts we talked about in class into my actual life and see what would happen. 

Welcome to EC200! This class will bring a whole new perspective to economics, and it's up to you to decide what you take away from it. I do have a few important recommendations that would benefit you. Read, read, and read! Don't ever forget to read our daily assigned readings because it will help you be more active in class.

I know what you are thinking, “Why do I have to take Econ? I am never going to use it.” Trust me, I had the same thought. However, the things that you learn in this class directly impact your life. The first things you should know when taking this course is to come to class because there is something interesting to learn every day, and attendance is apart of your grade. Secondly, you should know that is important to do the readings. Some of the readings may seem redundant, but you need to read in order to pass the class. 

Do the readings! Make sure to read the readings, this is a crucial step in the progress of your development in the class. Participate in class discussion and ask questions when you have them. Research your thoughts and make sure that you know what you're talking about because it will show if you don't. Be willing to put in the work, and you will do well.

My advice for all you students is to just embrace it and do all the readings and all the blogs with full commitment, no half ass effort. For you to get the most out of the class you need to fully embrace it.

Make sure you do your readings before class so you're prepared for discussion, she likes to do a bit of group work and you don't want to be that one person who can't contribute because you have no idea what's going on. Keep up with current news and economics, it will help you to understand more of "what it all means."

Take the blogs seriously! These are a significant portion of your grade and also work towards your own benefit. 

Do the research and make pertinent points with evidence. They are about you and relevant things working in the world around you, maybe even directly affecting you. It will be your responsibility to be an informed adult and voter, learn how to to do it now and discover what you care about and are fascinated by in the process.

Also, when it comes to blogs do your research. Dr. Jacobson will not let you put some run of the mill answer. Do your research for this with an open mind. The things that we study in class should not just be an “easy decision” because both sides have good arguments. 

My next recommendation is that you should always try to do the blogs ahead of the time. The evidence associated with the blogs takes times to read and if you try to cram out a blog 3 hours before it is due it won't end well for you, trust me, I should know. My third and final tip is to come into this class with an open mind. 

Engage in the class by adding your opinions and asking questions.

Although many of you might come into this class thinking about numbers, graphs, equations. I just want you to come into this section with an open mind. I have learned so much from this class without dealing with the demands of those tools. There are different ways of learning about economics and this was an eye-opener that I will never forget. 

I really enjoyed the broadness of the course and innovative ideas that were presented in every class. The blogs were enjoyable because they allow you to focus on your own life as well as current events.

This class really showed me the importance in opening yourself to others’ opinions to learn more about the world we live in.

I would also recommend that if you are having any kind of trouble or don't understand thing, JUST TALK TO DR. JACOBSON. She is such a great and understanding human being that if you just communicate with her, she will care and she'll try to help in whatever way she can.

 

Also don't be intimidated going in to this class. There is always a mix of how much people know about the topic of economics. Personally I was one of the people that really didn't have much experience with economics, but there were also students that were more knowledgeable on the topic. It may seem intimidating to be in a class like that, but as the class progresses you notice that you can learn a lot from those students that are more knowledgeable because they might explain things in a different manner than the professor or the readings that might make it easier for you to understand.

 

Some added bonuses to the class are the meaningful books you'll read such as Altruism by Mathieu Ricard (A Buddhist Monk; didn't expect that from an Econ class did you?) We also did weekly blogs that allowed us to engage with our role in the economy in a valuable way. The environment of this class is extremely welcoming to different perspectives and its a relatively low-stress class.

Don't be afraid to make some changes in your patterns using the knowledge you gain from this course, either! You'll probably want to. My advice to you is to take that passion and turn it into healthy action. 

Find a way to stay engaged and make it matter to you! Economics is an important part of our daily lives and it is important to take ownership of that.