SOC 275   (Online)
Economics

Professor

J. Joseph Jordan

Email: jjordan@holyapostles.edu

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics from a Catholic perspective while paying close attention to the following Catholic principles: human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good. The economic theories and Catholic principles that will be presented will be complemented by demonstrating their practical applications.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

3. COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1: Introduction / Overview

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 2: History of Money and Banking

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 3: Booms, Busts and Managing Risk

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 4: Economic Schools of Thought: I

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 5: Economic Schools of Thought: II

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 6: Economic Schools of Thought: III

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 7: Religion and Economics

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 8: Microeconomics

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 9: Macroeconomics

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 10: Political Economy

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Research Essay due

Week 11: Major Economic Institutions

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 12: International Economic Issues

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 13: Game Theory and Decision Making

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings

Week 14: Economics in the 21st Century

Quiz and Discussion Board Postings  

Week 15: Final Exam

        Final Exam

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Citations in Discussion Posts

For the purposes of the Discussions in Populi, students may have to provide a full footnote for sources at the end of their posts. If required, you will have to type a special character (^) at the beginning and end of your numbers to make a superscript in Populi, e.g. ^1^, ^2^, etcetera. Use the special characters for superscript also in your footnote.

Example Footnote

^1^ Vincent Balaguer, Understanding the Gospels (New York, Scepter Publishers, Inc., 2005), 5, [Hereafter UG].

Also, to bold, italicize, or underline words in Populi, please refer to the “Formatting Guide” located below all discussion/comment fields in Populi.

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Note: All of the required readings for this course will be available for free.

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Students are encouraged to stay current with major economic, business and financial news. While various resources will be introduced throughout the course, the following three media sources may be particularly helpful:

The Economist: http://www.economist.com/

The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/

Bloomberg Business News: http://www.bloomberg.com/

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for the Major Papers and Discussion Board (DB) Postings

0 pts. – Paper;
0 pts. – DB Postings;

5 pts. – Paper;
5 pts. – DB Postings;

10 pts. – Paper;
10 pts. – DB Postings;

15 pts. – Paper;
15 pts. – DB Postings;

20 pts. – Paper;
20 pts. – DB Postings;

25 pts. – Paper;
25 pts. – DB Postings;

GRADING RUBRIC FOR THE DISCUSSION BOARD POSTINGS

Content

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Absence of Understanding

Shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

Writing & Expression

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Incomplete writing

Partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

An uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

An adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

Command-level writing, making a clear impression

A thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

GRADING RUBRIC FOR ESSAYS

Content

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Absence of Understanding

Shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

Writing & Expression

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Incomplete writing

Partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

An uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

An adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples;  level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

Command-level writing, making a clear impression

A thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

A proud Catholic, husband, father, and educator, Prof. Jordan resides on Long Island, NY. He is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in politics at the Catholic University of America, where he holds an M.A., in addition to also holding an M.A. and a B.A. from St. John’s University. A onetime fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Foundation’s Center for Politics and Commercial Diplomacy, Prof. Jordan has performed economic and trade analysis at the United States Department of Commerce for the promotion of trade in Africa, and he has participated in inter-agency meetings including the National Security Council and the World Bank Group. In addition to having worked in local and federal government for more than eight years, Prof. Jordan has over ten years of teaching experience.