# Contemporary Socioeconomic Challenges - Spring 2018

*WEEK ONE*

**1.**

The first day of class served as an introduction to the course. Course materials included:

Syllabus and syllabus formatted to university template

Attendance, participation, and professionalism rubric

Absence Notification Form (requires Fresno State login)

Google Classroom (requires Fresno State login)

Guidelines for debate analysis assignment

Slides, which are always a complement to and never a substitute for attending class

Guided notes, which are always yours to keep

Hard copy of instructions for first homework assignment

First homework (requires Fresno State login), where homeworks are always due before the next class after they're assigned

**2. **

On the second day, we discussed the challenge of expensive textbooks as a way to introduce the economic way of thinking.

Second homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK TWO*

**3.**

On the third day, we continued our introduction to the economic way of thinking

Third homework (Fresno State login required)

**4.**

On the fourth day, we started to discuss the challenge of economic growth and development.

Fourth homework (Fresno State login required)

**5. **

On the fifth day, we continued our discussion of growth and development.

Fifth homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK THREE*

**6. **

On the sixth day, we wrapped up our discussion for now of growth and development.

Sixth homework (Fresno State login required)

**7. **

On the seventh day, we looked back and looked forward.

Seventh homework (Fresno State login required)

**8. **

On the eighth day, we started to discuss the challenge of affordable housing.

Eighth homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK FOUR*

**9. **

On the ninth day, we continued our discussion of the challenge of affordable housing.

Ninth homework (Fresno State login required)

**10. **

On the tenth day, we wrapped up our discussion of affordable housing.

10th homework (Fresno State login required)

**11.**

On the 11th day, we started to discuss the challenge of low wages.

11th homework is to pick debate analysis topic (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK FIVE*

**12. **

On the 12th day, we continued our discussion of the challenge of low wages.

12th homework (Fresno State login required)

**13. **

On the 13th day, we had a special Valentine's Day episode to further discuss the limitations of the standard economic way of thinking.

13th homework (Fresno State login required)

**14. **

On the 14th day, we started to discuss the challenge of pollution.

14th homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK SIX*

*Presidents' Day Holiday*

**15.**

On the 15th day, we continued to discuss the challenge of pollution, focusing on the Coasian solution.

15th homework (Fresno State login required)

**16. **

On the 16th day, we continued our discussion of the challenge of pollution, focusing on Pigouvian taxes.

16th homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK SEVEN*

**17.**

On the 17th day, we wrapped up our discussion of pollution and started to discuss crime.

17th homework (Fresno State login required)

**18.**

On the 18th day, we continued our discussion of crime.

18th homework (Fresno State login required)

**19.**

On the 19th day, we continued our discussion of crime.

19th homework, which is an attendance, participation, and professionalism self-assessment (login required)

*WEEK EIGHT*

**20.**

On the 20th day, we started our review for our mid-term exam.

No homework, except to study for exam

**21.**

On the 21st day, we continued our review for our mid-term exam.

Same slides as last time

No homework, except to study for exam

**22.**

On the 22nd day, we took our mid-term exam.

20th homework, which involves making progress on paper (login required)

*WEEK NINE*

**23.**

On the 23rd day, we discussed Daylight Saving Time and continued our discussion of crime.

Optional exam wrapper homework (Fresno State login required)

**24.**

On the 24th day, we continued our discussion of crime, focusing on the travel ban.

Heads up on next in-class activity

**25.**

On the 25th day, we continued our discussion of crime, focusing on The Wall.

Heads up on next in-class activity

*WEEK TEN*

**26.**

On the 26th day, we wrapped up our discussion of The Wall and started to discuss disinformation.

In-class activity on fake vs. real news

Link to Factitious game

No homework, except to work on paper

**27.**

On the 27th day, we continued our discussion of disinformation.

In-class activity on Bad News game

Heads up on next in-class activity

Link to Bad News game

Link to clip of students playing the Bad News game

No homework, except to work on paper

**28.**

On the 28th day, we discussed other information-related challenges and the first part of debate analysis assignment was due.

Heads up on next in-class activity

21st homework (Fresno State login required)

Optional reading on FT's Uber reporting

*Spring break*

*WEEK ELEVEN*

**29. **

On the 29th day, we started to discuss the challenge of education.

22nd homework (Fresno State login required)

**30. **

On the 30th day, we continued our discussion of education.

23rd homework (Fresno State login required)

**31. **

On the 31st day, we continued our discussion of education.

24th homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK TWELVE*

**32. **

On the 32nd day, we continued our discussion of education.

No homework; papers returned soon

**33. **

On the 33rd day, we continued our discussion of education.

Link: Gender wage gap calculator

No homework; papers returned next time

**34. **

On the 34th day, we wrapped up discussion of education.

No homework, but presentation materials posted

*WEEK THIRTEEN*

**35. **

On the 35th day, we started to discuss poverty and inequality.

25th homework (Fresno State login required)

**36. **

On the 36th day, we continued our discussion of poverty and inequality.

26th homework (Fresno State login required)

**37. **

On the 37th day, we continued our discussion of poverty and inequality, focusing on discrimination.

27th homework (Fresno State login required)

*WEEK FOURTEEN*

**38. **

On the 38th day, we started to discuss the national debt, focusing on taxes.

Link: Excerpt from War on Poverty speech

No homework, except for second part of debate analysis assignment due soon.

**39. **

On the 39th day, we continued our discussion of the national debt, focusing on spending.

No homework, except for second part of debate analysis assignment due soon.

**40. **

On the 40th day, we wrapped up on our discussion of national debt, focusing on healthcare costs.

No homework, except for second part of debate analysis assignment due next time.

*WEEK FIFTEEN*

**41. **

On the 41st day, the second part of your debate analysis assignment was due.

Another attendance, participation, and professionalism self-assessment (requires login)

**42. **

On the 42nd day, we continued student presentations.

**43. **

On the 43rd day, we continued student presentations.

*WEEK SIXTEEN*

**44. **

On the 44th day, we wrapped up student presentations and started to review for the final exam.

**45. **

Last day of scheduled instruction