Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Econ for poets 

That's the title I give to a course we teach in introductory economics that is designed for non-majors (and non-business students.) I love teaching it because you get students who are creative and simply have never thought about the world the way economists do. A perfect place for The Armchair Economist, The Economic Way of Thinking or Basic Economics. If nothing else, injecting a consideration of the mundane into the lives of students thinking mostly about arts and humanities strikes me as a useful exercise.

Schools nowadays are now finding that their liberal arts students need help finding their way into the job market, so they are now offering "Job Markets for Poets". The article clearly indicates that there is an increased demand for students to get vocational training, but they are struggling with the idea of how to fit it into the curriculum.