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Microeconomic Principles (EC 102)

This course is an introduction of microeconomics, the study of how households and firms make decisions and interact together in the marketplace. My goal is to teach the concepts and calculations to help students understand and critically analyze real-world microeconomic problems. By the end of this course you will be able to: understand the basic concepts of economics, e.g., scarcity, opportunity cost, marginal analysis, and comparative advantage, demonstrate an understanding of supply and demand analysis, demonstrate an understanding of market structure and the theory of the firm, and analyze and be able to discuss current events in the domestic and global economy using the tools of microeconomics.

Faculty biography

Dr. John Dougherty is an assistant professor in the economics department, where he teaches microeconomics (principles and intermediate), environmental economics, and behavioral and experimental economics. Before pursuing a PhD, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa. His research focuses on empowering smallholder farmers in the developing world to overcome credit and risk constraints in environmentally sustainable ways, as well as Catholic Social Teaching and the intersection of economics and faith. In his time outside of Loyola, he helps his wife run a small organic farm.

Encountering the Past (HS 100)

Rather than approaching history as a list of dates, names, and historical events, Encountering the Past explores how historians think about the world and how historical thinking enables us to approach and understand complicated texts and ideas. The course introduces students to the way historical knowledge emerges through contestation and debate and will prepare them to engage with and understand modern controversies over history, memory, and memorialization. This section will use the French Revolution as our case study. The French Revolution was many things. An absolute monarchy was overthrown. An effort at democracy descended into terror. Women made new claims to citizenship. Enslaved people in Haiti overthrew their masters and founded an independent state. A European empire emerged that brought new hierarchies and the rule of law to other countries at the same time. The French Revolution thus proves an apt event with which to explore how historians debate and understand the past because the French Revolution offers to pat answers to the questions it raises: How should we organize our politics? Why have democracies struggled to ensure equity, especially for women and people of color? How is the law used to perpetuate inequality? By exploring how historians have debated the meaning of the French Revolution we will, turn, debate some of the most important questions facing us today.

Faculty biography

Dr. Andrew Israel Ross received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2011 and began teaching at Loyola in 2018. His research focuses on the history of sexuality in modern Europe, especially France, and he recently published his first book, a history of homosexuality and prostitution in nineteenth-century Paris. At Loyola, he teaches courses in European history and the history of gender and sexuality.

Mentor biography

Kate Charles works in the Office of Student Life as the Assistant Director of Newman Towers. She earned a BA in English from Alfred University, in her hometown of Alfred, NY, and an MS in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY. One of her favorite parts of working in Higher Education is connecting, supporting, and mentoring students. She is passionate about student mental health, sexual violence education and prevention, student development, and more. With deep family roots in Baltimore, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, has a passion for books, and adores her two cats.

Virtual Advisor

This pairing is recommended for students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business. EC 102 satisifies a core social science requirement for Sellinger business students. EC 102 is not recommended for students considering a major in Psychology, Sociology or Political Science. HS 100 satisfies the History core requirement for all students.

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