Eco 330 and 330Z: Economics of Development


General Education Statements

Eco 330 and 330Z are 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

330Z is General Education course in the Written Discourse category.

As a group, writing intensive courses must meet each of the following four criteria:
1. A Substantial Body of Finished Work: This is generally expected to be a total of 20+ double-spaced pages in at least two, preferably more, submissions. It may be in a variety of forms—journal, reports, essays, research papers, etc.—not all of which need to be graded.
2. Opportunity for Students to Receive Assistance in Progress: Such assistance may take several forms, from visits to the Writing Center (HU-140) to conferences with the instructor.
3. Opportunity to Revise Some Pieces: As revision is an essential characteristic of good writing, students should be able to revise some portion of their work.
4. Response to Student Writing: Such response may take several forms—from extended comments from the instructor to peer evaluation in student groups. It is expected, however, that the instructor will respond in detail to some extended work of the student.

These courses have the common learning objectives that students will:
1. produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms;
2. demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts;
3. research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details;

[June 2007]