U.S History/Economics/U.S Government Course Description
Given the notion that we cannot truly understand where we are going until we understand where we have been, the SEA-DISC program has recently added United States History to its course requirements. The class is designed to include the origins of the conservation movement and its evolution into modern day environmentalism as an additional component of the standard U.S. History curriculum. Beginning with the philosophical and religious ideals that led to the settling of this continent by Europeans, students will examine the beliefs that have brought us to our present situation, environmentally speaking.
This economics course is designed as a broad overview of the subject. Students are given basic introduction to everything from supply and demand to fiscal policy and unemployment, while learning various skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. In addition to their study of the concepts of micro and macroeconomics, students will have the opportunity to explore their own thinking on the more philosophical aspects of economic systems. Specific emphasis is given to the potentially devastating impacts of globalization.
Recognized in this course is the notion that there are many problems with our economic institutions. In the quest for profits and growth, many corporations and individuals think little of exploiting other human beings and/or our natural environment. This, however, is not simply an anti-growth or anti-business class. Instead, it attempts to explore how businesses can successfully function in a socially and environmentally conscientious manner.
The government course in SEA-DISC is approached from the philosophy that in order to change the system, one must first understand how it works. Students will gain an understanding of the principles on which our government is based and the mechanics of how it functions. Time will also be spent examining current events and policy decision-making.
The environmental “twist” to this course addresses the laws, both existing and under consideration that attempt to preserve and restore the natural and human environments. Specific focus is placed on gaining an understanding of the process by which change is brought about. Accordingly, students will study the activities and functioning of not-for-profit organizations.
George Washington University
College of Marin