Director of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies, Professor of Economics, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Developing a new 2000 level economics course this summer (it does not yet have a number or title) and teaching it in Spring 2018. It will be open to all students at UCCS as a social science elective. The course will differ from traditional principles of economics, which is based on the neoclassical separation of economic analysis and ethical concerns. The course will start with the fundamental economic problem of how people provide for themselves. It will then raise issues of how ethical concerns interact with changing technological possibilities and resource realities as people make choices. Students will grapple with different ethical perspectives and what these mean for economic decisions in the workplace, the consumer marketplace, the financial system, and the public sector. This will help them become familiar with all the learning objectives of the DFEI. They will also be actively encouraged to participate in campus wide activities related to the initiative.