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Course Syllabi

In this section I have included the syllabi of the four courses that have lately constituted my teaching schedule at NUI Galway.


How to Argue with an Economist

NUI Galway's Master's Degree in Public Advocacy and Activism

Instructor: Terrence McDonough
Department of Economics

First Section

Each of the topics will be the subject of a two hour class session. The first section of the session will discuss the readings assigned the previous week. The second section of the session will introduce the material to be discussed in the first hour of the succeeding week.

Readings: * in reading pack. The rest are on reserve.

Week 1

Presentation

Arguing and Economists

Readings

Reintroducing Macroeconomics Steven Cohn Ch. 1, pp. 3-14*

How to Argue with an Economist Lindy Edwards Ch. 7*-9, pp. 52-85

Week 2

Presentation

GDP and Growth: Measuring Progress

Readings

Principles of Economics Gerard Turley Chap. 10, pp. 299-330*

Macroeconomics in Context Goodwin, Nelson and Harris Chap. 6*

View online articles about replacing GDP >

Week 3

Presentation

Who Gets What

Readings

History of Economic Thought E.K.Hunt pp. 302-310*

Mind Your Own Business Jacobson, McDonough and Warnock pp. 13-20*

Week 4

Presentation

Unemployment and the Reserve Army of Labour

Readings

Macroeconomics in Context Goodwin, Nelson and Harris, Chap. 7

Economics E.K Hunt and Howard Sherman Ch. 30 pp. 449-458 and Ch. 27 pp. 413-424

Understanding Capitalism 1st Edition Bowles and Edwards Ch. 12 pp. 269-296*

Week 5

Presentation

It All Comes Down to Supply and Demand

Readings

Economics E.K Hunt and Howard Sherman Ch. 15*, 16 pp. 219-253

Week 6

Presentation

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

Readings

The Root of All Evil (mimeo)*

Economics E.K Hunt and Howard Sherman Ch. 18, pp. 266-272

Week 7

Presentation

Crisis, Finance, Money, Inflation

Readings

View article online: 'The state of economics' >

Kotz and McDonough*

Heterodox Macroeconomics and the Current Financial Crisis, Jonathan Goldstein*

View article online: 'Global Financial Crisis' >

Reintroducing Macroeconomics Steven Cohn pp. 144-51

Principles of Economics Fred Gottheil pp. 560-65*

Understanding Capitalism, 3rd Edition Bowles, Edwards and Roosevelt pp. 486-7*

Week 8

Presentation

Economics of Race and Gender

Readings

View article online: 'Economics explains discrimination in the labour market' >

Gabrielle Meagher and Julie A. Nelson "Feminism in the Dismal Science", Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 12, no. 1

Week 9

Presentation

Free Trade, Fair Trade

Readings

Principles of Economics Gerard Turley pp. 555-568

Reintroducing Macroeconomics Steven Cohn Ch. 14, pp. 203-229

Fairtrade Ireland website >

Week 10

Presentation

Pulling Up the Ladder (Development Economics)

Readings for week 10

Economics and Development Barbara Ingham Ch. 5 pp.135-163*

A Guide to What's Wrong with Economics Edward Fullbrook Ch. 25 pp. 279-288*

Economic Theories of Development Diana Hunt Ch.6 pp. 162-97*

Week 11

Presentation

The Economics of Environment and Climate Change

Readings for week 11

Environmental and Resource Economics Jonathan Harris Ch. 3*, pp. 39-62; Ch. 6, pp. 106-134

A Guide to What's Wrong with Economics Edward Fullbrook Ch 22, pp. 237-46

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