Students will examine how human behavior and its motivation to meet one’s own needs and wants drive the U.S. financial system. Specifically, Consumer Economics highlights the pressing economic realities of debt, credit, market freedoms and restrictions, and fraud. It will investigate factors that impact one’s decision-making and guide students in analysis and implementation of practical strategies. Through critical thinking, this course seeks to review contemporary sources including magazines, government publications, advertisements and periodical databases to better understand and dictate the behavior and habits necessary for the 21st Century consumer. While most reading assignments will require summary skills, some analytical and comparative skills will be necessary. Core assessments include quizzes, tests, homework, essays, cooperative projects and a final research paper focused on a current consumer controversy. All major writing assignments and projects underscore the ability to evaluate evidence, communicate an interpretation and to defend a position using appropriate evidence. Class participation and discussions are essential to succeed in this class.
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