Christy Story

Economics - Fall Semester 2004

Course Description


Text: Clayton, Gary Economics: Principles and Practices (Glencoe/McGraw Hill)



Quarter Grades:       Chapter Quizzes:     60%

                                    Quarter Paper:          40%

Semester Grade:       Qtr grades avg.:        90%

                                    Personal Finance: 10%

Quizzes: The first quarter has eight quizzes and a quarter project.  The quizzes will consist of multiple choice, matching, short ids, and/or graphs.  Second quarter there are 6 quizzes, one take-home, a second quarter project, and an on-going unit on personal finance.  The second quarter's grade will count the take-home and the personal finance unit as two quiz grades.  There will be no exams.  All quiz dates are posted on the test calendar.


Missed quizzes: Missed quizzes can only be made up at the following week's proctored test retake time.  Discussion of quiz content in any way to someone who has not yet taken the quiz is an academic honesty violation.


Quarter projects:

1st quarter paper on Philanthropy.  6-8 pp. Due: Monday, October 25, 2004

This project will involve the class in creating a "foundation."  Each student is required to find a cause worthy of receiving funds, contact that organization and request information about it.  The class will meet with the Foundation Incubator to be "coached" about foundation philanthropy.  There are readings in the library on reserve.  The paper should address how foundations work, how foundations in general give money, how the class should give its money, how the class' foundation should maintain its endowment (or not?), and what organizations the class should give money to and what criteria these decisions were based on.  See separate sheet for more detailed instructions.   There will be class periods devoted to presenting each students' findings and deciding how to allocate our money on Tuesday and Wednesday10/26-27/04.

2d quarter project: Paper and Presentation on Global Arms Trade and Terrorism Funding

Papers DUE: January 10, 2005

Presentations: January 11-12, 2005

The entire class will be working on understanding the nature of global arms' trades and terrorism through a collaborative group of papers.  This project will coincide with the unit on global economics.  The class will be divided into 4 groups each working on a different aspect of the larger issue and each group will write a paper and present to the class an oral presentation of their paper. The paper should be 10-15 pp. The oral presentations will be graded as part of the class participation grade and should be approximately 20 min. in length. Students should be prepared to ask and answer questions of their fellow students.  Papers should address a specific question and answer it.  The audience (fellow students and instructor) should not only be informed by the work but persuaded by the argument.


Late papers will be downgraded a 1/3 grade for every day they are late per school policy.


Unit on Personal Finance and economic literacy:

Economic Literacy is necessary for planning a sound economic future.  This economics class is not just about economic theory but about economic power for young adults.  Personal finance knowledge provides the economic power necessary to make safe and sound choices.  Economic literacy rests on five money pillars: how to 1) make money; 2) save money; 3) borrow money; 4) invest money; and 5) give money.  We will explore each of these aspects to achieve self-sufficiency.   This unit will be an ongoing unit, and the final grade compiled from several exercises over the course of the semester.  On many issues there is no 'right' answer, rather there is the answer that is right for you in the circumstances, therefore much of the grading will be done on timely completion of the materials and the evidence of thought and preparation those materials present.  Most of this unit is available on my website with links to the various other websites.  This unit as a whole will count as ten percent of your entire grade.



Getting Help:

I will make every effort to meet with you when requested.  You can find me in the office of the internship program, via email: or at extension: 650-328-3160 ext. 226