Intro to Aggregate Demand and Supply

ECON: A/B-Day, Tue., 1/13-Wed., 1/14
Agenda:

  1. Review homework: Workpoint 16.6
  2. Introduction to Aggregate Supply curves
  3. Group work on AD/AS posters

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/15): Read chapter 17 in textbook on aggregate supply. Draw a diagram to illustrate the goal of supply side policies. In complete sentences, explain whether business owners or ordinary workers would be more attracted to market oriented supply side polices. Give three examples to support your choice (2 pts.)

The Commanding Heights

ECON: C-Day, Mon, 1/12/15
Agenda:

  1. Video: The Commanding Heights, Episode I—The Battle of Ideas
  2. Questions on the video, 10 points due next class

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/13-Wed., 1/14): None. Complete notes on the film if not finished in class.

The “Urban Game”

HIST: B/C-Day, Fri., 1/9/15-Mon., 1/12/15

  1. Continue the urban game

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/13): Read Chapter 25, Section 4: “Reforming the Industrial World” (pages 734-740). On a sheet of notebook paper, respond to questions 2-8 (5 pts.).

The Industrial Revolution Begins

HIST: A-Day, Thu., 1/8/15
Agenda:

  1. Debrief reading: Fishbowl discussion
  2. Begin the urban game

Homework due next class (Fri., 1/9-Mon., 1/12): None.
Eurasian Conference map due Friday, 1/16 (20 pts.).

Income Distribution Quiz/Intro to Aggregate Demand

ECON: A/B-Day, Thu, 1/8/15-Fri., 1/9/15
Agenda:

  1. Quiz on income distribution
  2. Debrief quiz
  3. Pin the tail on the business cycle
  4. Introduction to Aggregate Demand

Homework due next class (Mon., 1/12): Read chapter 16 in textbook on aggregate demand, complete student workpoint 16.6 on page 177 (2 pts.).

Income Inequality/Intro to business cycle

ECON: C-Day, Wed., 1/7/15
Agenda:

  1. Complete Gini Coefficient and Lorenz Curve activity
  2. Class discussion: Pros and cons of Gini and Lorenz
  3. Introduction to business cycle

Homework due next class (Thu., 1/8-Fri., 1/9): Prepare for quiz on the distribution of income, the Gini Coefficient, and the Lorenz curve (20 points, multiple choice).

Enlightenment Values Today

HIST: B/C-Day, Tue., 1/6/15-Wed., 1/7/15
Agenda:

  1. Debrief Wyden town hall
  2. Enlightenment values activity
  3. Discuss modern issues and Enlightenment

Homework due Thu., 1/8: Read the Chapter 25 introduction and Section 1, “The Beginnings of Industrialization” (pages 714-722). Respond to the prompts in the handout distributed in class (5 pts.).

Eurasian Conference map due Friday, 1/16 (20 pts.).

The Gini Coefficient and the Lorenz Curve

ECON: A/B-Day, Mon, 1/5/15-Tue., 1/6/15
Agenda:

  1. Lecture on Lorenz Curve and Gini Coefficient
  2. Gini coefficient and Lorenz curve activity
    -Link to CIA World Factbook page on Gini index by Country

Homework due next class (Wed., 1/7/15): Complete activity begun in class through question 9 (20 pts.). We will complete 10 and 11 in class on Wednesday.

Homework due Thu., 1/8-Fri., 1/9: Prepare for quiz on the distribution of income, the Gini Coefficient, and the Lorenz curve (20 points, multiple choice).

Eurasian Conference Map Work/Wyden visit

HIST: A-Day, Mon., 1/5/15
Agenda:

  1. Assignment of groups
  2. Eurasia map-making
  3. Section 15 attends Sen. Ron Wyden town hall meeting instead

Homework due next class (Tue., 1/6-Wed., 1/7): None.

Homework due Thu., 1/8: Read the Chapter 25 introduction and Section 1, “The Beginnings of Industrialization” (pages 714-722). Respond to the prompts in the handout distributed in class (5 pts.).

Eurasian Conference map due Friday, 1/16 (20 pts.).

The Dismal Science

ECON: C-Day, Fri, 12/19/14
Agenda:

  1. Penny wars presentation/decision
  2. Overview of transfer payments
  3. Harry Potter and the Dismal Science

Homework due next class: None. But check out this New York Times article on the relationship between employment and income redistribution in northern Europe. Optional, but very interesting and relevant to our curriculum.