Teaching World Economic Issues in the General Education Curriculum, with an Emphasis on Asian Case Studies

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The need for an education that includes the importance of international trade and the reach of globalization in a coherent form to all university students is an imperative of our times. However, most international economics texts rarely pay attention to the complexity of issues and problems facing individual nations. The problem is two-fold in that most international texts are focused heavily on theories, and that they are generally nor easily adapted for reaching at the introductory level. Even in upper level international economics courses, students understandably complain about the inability to comprehend the relationship between basic theory, and real-world economic issues and problems. Since these theories often lead to confounding conclusions in the dynamic world of new technologies and rapidly increasing international trade, parsing the issues faced by individual nations has become a necessary building block for developing an understanding of this new phase of globalization. In this article, I describe a project ro help general education students, who take an introductory course in World Economic Issues, write country/region reports, and make oral presentations.


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