HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 008 The Financial Crisis for Dummies
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Course Note:
A guided journey that opens first-year students' eyes to the importance of scholarship and research in an area of the seminar leader's expertise. Subject matter and discussions are confronted from the vantage point “Why does it matter?”.
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 26, Nov 2, 9. Drop/Add Deadline 09-27-10.
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What exactly happened to the financial system in 2008? What is a bubble? What are toxic assets, subprime mortgages, CDO’s and hedge funds? How did the government respond to the financial crisis and how should it have responded? What do we do now that the worst seems to be over?

This course will present a narrative of exactly what happened during the financial crisis of 2008 and ensuing recession, why it happened, and how the world has responded. We will look at some basic economic theory, but this course will also examine some less talked about aspects of the crisis. Such topics will include what impact high unemployment will have on the national social fabric and why debt has become so socially acceptable.

Readings will be drawn primarily from newspapers and magazines that avoid jargon and explore the crisis from a new and interesting perspective. Students will be expected to complete the brief weekly reading assignments, participate actively in class discussion and, most importantly, ask lots of questions.

Students with previous economic experience are certainly welcome but that background is not necessary. The goal of this course will be to explain the complexities of the financial crisis in a way that is simple, captivating, unique, and accessible to everyone.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27537
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Regenerative Medicine's Moral Achilles Heel Does not meet first week of classes.
002 (SEM)
P
32429
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Note: Rwandan Genocide Does not meet first week of classes.
003 (SEM)
P
27539
Open
4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: All's Fair in Love and Sport Does not meet first week of classes.
004 (SEM)
P
27541
Closed
0
 
-
M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Romanticism Does not meet first week of classes.
005 (SEM)
P
29099
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Politically Incorrect Does not meet first week of classes.
006 (SEM)
P
29113
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: From Throw-Away Fun to Morality Play Does not meet first week of classes.
007 (SEM)
P
30871
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Thalidomide and Other Case Studies Does not meet first week of classes.
008 (SEM)
P
32431
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Financial Crisis for Dummies Does not meet first week of classes.
009 (SEM)
P
43797
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Physics of the Fascinating Does not meet first week of classes.
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