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Introducing Undergraduates to Economics in an Interdisciplinary Setting


  • Jill L. Caviglia-Harris


Introducing economics to undergraduates with courses that incorporate various elements of economic fields at an introductory level has the potential to increase the appeal of economics classes. The author provides a model for teaching such courses using an environmental economics class as an example. This approach incorporates introductory economics concepts into an interdisciplinary class that includes three disciplines focused on a central theme. In this course, called environmental perspectives, the economics section covered the principles of microeconomics, the fundamentals of environmental economics, and linked these applications to the topics covered in the ecology and philosophy sections of the class. A discussion of the methods for applying this model to other courses that include economics is included.

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  • Jill L. Caviglia-Harris, 2003. "Introducing Undergraduates to Economics in an Interdisciplinary Setting," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(3), pages 195-203, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:34:y:2003:i:3:p:195-203 DOI: 10.1080/00220480309595214

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    1. Lynne Y. Lewis, 2011. "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: Teaching the Non-Major and Major Simultaneously," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 46 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Deborah M. Figart, 2011. "Teaching Non-Majors," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 40 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Woltjer G.B., 2004. "Crude oil: using a large case to teach introductory economics," Research Memorandum 013, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
    4. Charles L. Vehorn & Craig A. Waggaman, 2014. "Learning by Doing: Formulating Macroeconomic Policy under Various Forms of Capitalism," Journal for Economic Educators, Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center, vol. 14(1), pages 33-43, Fall.

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