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ECONOMICS

ECON-458
Economics of the World Regions (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics course examines economic trends and economic policies in regions such as Africa, East Asia, Middle East, or emerging markets. Focuses on distinctive economic institutions in the particular region, interdependencies within regions, and the role of public policies in economic growth. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: ECON-100 and ECON-200.

ECON-458
002S
ECONOMICS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

Economic, Environmental, and Trade Policy in European Union

In this course, offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Brussels, students develop an in-depth working knowledge of economic, environmental and trade policies of the European Union (EU) and gain a greater understanding of the process and evolution of the European economic integration and its implications for the world. The first part of the course examines the EU's single market economic system, the second part focuses on the EU's environmental policies and their global implications, and the third part focuses on the EU's external relations including the transatlantic relationship. Meets with SISA-323 001S.

ECON-458
001S
ECONOMICS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

Rural Economics in China

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program, this course helps students understand the rural dimension of China's economic transition. It examines the impacts of economic reforms on the life of rural Chinese, including the effects of globalization on income structure, labor mobility, ownership rights and other major aspects of the rural economy.

ECON-458
001
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

The Arab Economies

This course analyzes the contemporary economies of the Arab nations in the region stretching from Morocco in the West to the Gulf Arab states in the East. It explores recent historical trends in economic policy and economic performance. Emphasis is on the role of oil in the Arab economies; capital and labor flows into and out of the region; the failures of Arab economic integration; and Israel and the economies of Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

ECON-458
002S
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

Rural Economics in China

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program. This course is designed to help students understand the rural dimension of China's economic transition. It examines the impacts of economic reforms on the life of rural Chinese, including the effects of globalization on income structure, labor mobility, ownership rights and other major aspects of the rural economy.

ECON-458
003S
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

Economic, Environmental, and Trade Policy in European Union

In this course, offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Brussels, students develop an in-depth working knowledge of economic, environmental and trade policies of the European Union (EU) and gain a greater understanding of the process and evolution of the European economic integration and its implications for the world. The first part of the course examines the EU's single market economic system, the second part focuses on the EU's environmental policies and their global implications, and the third part focuses on the EU's external relations including the transatlantic relationship. Meets with SISA-323 001S.

ECON-458
004S
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

The Chinese Economy- 1900-2000

This course, offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, looks at the development of the Chinese economy from 1900 to 2000, with an emphasis on the 1949-2000 period. The unprecedented pace of change in China over the last 50 years offers a great opportunity for exploring some of the big questions in political economy, such as the possibility and viability of socialism; the nature of capitalism; and the viability of mixed combinations of the two systems. The task of explaining recent Chinese economic history also provides an opportunity to compare different economic paradigms. The course compares and contrasts neoclassical and Marxist economic interpretations of China's development path and also looks at a third approach, sometimes termed heterodox economics, that includes aspects of both neoclassical and Marxist economics.

ECON-458
002
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

International Finance and the Emerging Markets

This course deals with the implications of financial globalization for emerging market countries and specifically with the pros and cons of attracting direct investment and portfolio flows, the peculiarities of global capital movements such as contagion and sudden stop phenomena, the roles of credit rating agencies and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in facilitating access to international lenders and investors, the importance of currency and maturity mismatches, the effectiveness (or not) of controls on capital flows, and the relationship between capital flows, overindebtedness, and sovereign debt defaults. Prerequisite: ECON-301 or ECON-401, and ECON-372 or permission of instructor. Meets with ECON-658 001 SIS-627 001.

ECON-458
003
ECONOMICS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Economics of the World Regions (3)

Financial Issues in Latin America

Systemic financial problems--fiscal banking currency and debt crises often in highly damaging combination--have loomed large in the economic history of Latin America. This course analyzes both the fundamental and precipitating causes of these financial crises, focusing on economic policy and institutional shortcomings as well as on other domestic and external forces that generate financial instability. Case studies are used to illustrate particular situations encountered in recent years. Meets with ECON-658 002 SIS-658 001.