Contemporary Socioeconomic Challenges

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

In-class activity

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.

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Second homework (Fresno State login required)



WEEK TWO

3.

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

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Third homework (Fresno State login required)


4.

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

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Fourth homework (Fresno State login required)


5.

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

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Fifth homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK THREE

6.

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

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Sixth homework (Fresno State login required)


7.

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

Slides

In-class activity

Guided notes

Seventh homework (Fresno State login required)


8.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Eighth homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK FOUR

9.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Ninth homework (Fresno State login required)


10.

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

Slides

In-class activity

10th homework (Fresno State login required)


11.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

Handout on marriage market

In-class activity

13th homework (Fresno State login required)


14.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

15th homework (Fresno State login required)


16.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

17th homework (Fresno State login required)


18.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

18th homework (Fresno State login required)


19.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Handout on mid-term exam

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.

Slides

In-class activity

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

In-class activity

Extra in-class activity

No homework, except to study for exam


22.

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

Handout for after 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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Optional exam wrapper homework (Fresno State login required)


24.

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

Slides

Guided notes

Heads up on next in-class activity


25.

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

Slides

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

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.

Slides

Guided notes

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

22nd homework (Fresno State login required)


30.

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

Slides

In-class activity

23rd homework (Fresno State login required)


31.

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

Slides

24th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK TWELVE

32.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

No homework; papers returned soon


33.

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

Slides

Guided notes

Link: Gender wage gap calculator

No homework; papers returned next time


34.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

No homework, but presentation materials posted


WEEK THIRTEEN

35.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

25th homework (Fresno State login required)


36.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

26th homework (Fresno State login required)


37.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

27th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK FOURTEEN

38.

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

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

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.

Slides

Guided notes

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.

Multi-day in-class activity

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.

Slides

In-class activity


45.

Last day of scheduled instruction

Slides

In-class activity

Link to final exam schedule Spring 2018