The Investigating Consumerism RAP offers students a chance to explore the complexity and dynamics of the marketplace. With a strong focus in resource economics, the RAP encourages a critical investigation of how society produces, distributes and consumes goods and resources. Topics could include the various social, industrial, environmental, business, and political contexts of consumerism in the modern world.
Students will benefit from the broad perspectives and new opinions on the consumer culture in our society, building a foundation for discussion both within and beyond the classroom. The critical social and economic issues explored in class can be developed further with programs in the residence halls and across campus.
Read what Fall 2022 instructor Dhiroj Koirala has to say:
Intro to Resource Economics introduces students to the fundamentals of economic sciences. Students in this course will study basic microeconomic theories and learn to relate them to our everyday life situations. This course covers inequality, consumers' and firms' decisions, the effect of those decisions on others within a market framework, and externalities. Further, this class will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to
understand economic models, use economic data and interpret them. This course will have lectures and discussions. Additionally, students will form a group of 3 – 5 to write a brief project on an interesting economic topic that will help them apply what they learn in this course.
Completing the course means meeting the pre-requisite for many of the core courses needed for Resource Economics, Economics, and Business majors and minors.
Note: Although there is no restriction on this course, it is recommended that students score at least a 16 on Part A of the Math Placement Test.
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