Economics of Child Policy in Advanced, Postindustrial Countries|
Fall 2013 not offered
This seminar can serve as either a senior-year capstone course or a junior-year course on research methods. Using measures of child well-being and applying economic analysis to policy options, we consider how child policy in the U.S. compares with policies in other advanced, postindustrial economies. Students will read from professional journals, explore child policies across a wide variety of economies, and discuss the research methods used in the various studies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ECON300 AND ECON301
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ECON)
Articles from professional journals in economics and political economy.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two brief mid-term presentations on the readings completed for the term paper; active participation in weekly discussion of assigned readings; an end-of-term presentation on research finds and a final term paper (approximately 15-20 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The class meets only once each week and relies on discussion of independent work. For that reason, consistent attendance and full participation are essential. Students with conflicting commitments should not enroll in this course.
Using oral presentations along with written reports, students will share information from their readings. These explorations will culminate in a final research paper and a final presentation to the class. For juniors, the projects can set the stage for a senior essay or honors thesis. For seniors, the course and final project offer a forum for applying skills learned in the major, debating policy options with other advanced students, and discovering personal interests relevant for post-Wesleyan work in related fields.
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