University Core

From Seattle University's 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog.
All undergraduate courses are 5 credits, unless otherwise noted.
Syllabi information is for reference only; information may not be current.

UCOR 1600-1640 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences

"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 analysis and often used macroeconomic indicators such as inflation, unemployment, and GDP.

"Economic Booms and Busts - an Investigation of Policy Alternatives"

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.

"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.

"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.

UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business

For UCOR 2910 course description and syllabi please see the Business Ethics page.

UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context

"Spiritual Business"

Spiritual Business will explore how religion, faith, and spirituality shape, inform, and influence business internationally. The course will examine the perspectives on business provided by all major world religions, with an emphasis on Catholic Social Thought. We will explore how spirituality forms capable and committed ethical persons who will serve justice as business leaders. Spiritual business will apply to all stakeholders: customers, employees, managers, shareholders, suppliers, community members, and citizens.