Eco 130: Third World Economies


General Education Statement

Eco 130 is a General Education courses in the Global and Cross-Cultural category.

All general education courses have the following characteristics:
1. They offer explicit understanding of the procedures and practices of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.
2. They provide multiple perspectives on the subject matter, reflecting the intellectual and cultural diversity within and beyond the University.
3. They emphasize active learning in an engaged environment that enables students to become producers as well as consumers of knowledge.
4. They promote critical thinking about the assumptions, goals, and methods of various fields of academic study and the interpretive, analytic, and evaluative competencies central to intellectual development.

As a group, courses satisfying the Global and Cross-Cultural Studies requirement engage students in comparative and integrative analyses. They offer global perspectives on historical or contemporary events; comparisons between societies, regions, or nations; or models for engaging in global and cross-cultural study. Courses emphasize the dynamic interaction between and among cultures, regions, and nations, and the global forces that give rise to and define cultures, regions, and nations.

These courses have the common learning objectives that students be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the impact (e.g. economic, political, historical, cultural) of nations, regions, and cultures upon other nations, regions, and cultures
2. an understanding of the reciprocal interactions between individuals and global systems
3. an ability to see cultural groups from their own points of view
4. an ability to use the analytic tools of a specific discipline to engage in comparative analyses of cultures, nations, and regions

[June 2007]