Economics

An introduction to macroeconomic terminology, concepts, and theories using historical context, quantitative tools, graphical analysis, and macroeconomic models. Course concepts are examined in a social and/or political context as appropriate. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to game theory and strategic interactions with cases drawn from economics, business, politics, sociology, psychology, international studies, and sports. Topics include prisoner's dilemma, Nash equilibrium, backward induction, signaling, mixed strategies, cooperative and noncooperative games, bargaining, conventions, "the tragedy of commons," evolutionary game theory, and behavioral critiques of rationality. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall.

Examines the philosophical debates that underlie modern economic models through texts by Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes. Topics such as the relationship between competition and justice, prices and ethics, and free markets vs. government regulation will be explored. Prerequisite: One Integrative Studies course from ISECON, ISPOSC, IHHIST, or IHPHIL. Spring.

This interdisciplinary course provides a broad but detailed overview of the Middle East region with a focus on patterns of economic and social transformation during the last century. The course material draws from the fields of Political Science, Sociology, History, Economics, and Women's and Gender Studies. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.