AEB 2014 – Economic Issues, Food and You


General Education Credit: Social Science
College Credit: 3

Course Instructor: Jennifer Clark
Jennifer Clark, Ph.D.
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About The Course

This course is about the role of agriculture and economics: the how's and why's of their influence on food prices and the world food situation, the environment, natural resources and government policy; and economic issues, including inflation and money.

Course Goals

The primary goal of this course is to explore economic concepts that will enable critical analysis of food-related choices from the context of individual consumers and as global citizens. At the conclusion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Use analytical models to generalize economic decision-making associated with food supply and demand, productivity gains from investment and technological advances, market failures associated with pollution and common resources, the situation of income inequality and unemployment, as well as the basic tools of fiscal, monetary, and agricultural policy analysis influencing society’s well-being.
  • Apply principles of positive and normative policy analysis to assess how parts of the U.S. economy are inter-related and further develop an ability to analyze current economic issues and problems related to food that are both local and global in context.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective
High School Credit: 0.5