University Core (UCOR)
The classes listed below are limited to University Core classes taught by Albers professors. For a complete listing of UCOR classes please visit the University Core website or the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog. All undergraduate courses are 5 credits, unless otherwise noted. Syllabi information is for reference only. Information may not be current.
UCOR 1630-1640 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences
"Can We Fix Healthcare? Health Economics and Policy"
The government's role in health care is extremely controversial. This course will examine the health care sector from a microeconomic perspective to understand the demand for health care and the provision of health services. It will explore the role of industrial structure, insurance, market failures, and government interventions in explaining health-related outcomes. Students will gain an appreciation for societal tradeoffs between economic efficiency and equity when crafting health policy.
Syllabus: UCOR 1630-04 Katie Fitzpatrick- Fall 2013
Syllabus: UCOR 1630-06 Katie Fitzpatrick- Fall 2013
"Economic Mysteries: How do Countries Grow"
This course will examine international economic development from a macroeconomic perspective. Students will understand growth controversies and the role of institutions in the growth process. Students will also familiarize themselves with macroeconomic data and often used macroeconomic indicators such as inflation, unemployment, and GDP.
Syllabus: UCOR 1630 Quan Le - Fall 2013
"Economic Booms and Busts"
Modern economies suffer from the ills of business cycles-inflation, deflation, recessions and unemployment. This course will focus on the question; What if anything, should governments do to moderate business cycles? The course goal is to create informed citizens who can participate in economic discourse at a high level. Course features include economic modeling, analysis of measures and data and critical evaluation of policy.
Syllabus: UCOR 1630 Dean Peterson - Fall 2013
"History of Financial Crises"
Syllabus: UCOR 1630 Bonnie Buchanan - Spring 2014
"Economic Inequality: Causes and Consequences"
The United States is experiencing historically unprecedented levels of income and wealth inequality. This course begins by discussing the measurement of economic inequality, providing students both a historical and global perspective on current levels of inequality in the US. The course then introduces microeconomic explanations for economic inequality, focusing on the labor market. The course examines claims that inequality is detrimental to individual and societal well-being and to the political process. Finally, the course asks what, if anything, can or should be done to address economic inequality.
Syllabus: UCOR 1640 Stacey Jones - Fall 2013
UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business
For UCOR 2910 course description and syllabi please see the Business Ethics page.