This course is primarily concerned with contemporary economic issues at the domestic, regional and international levels. Specific topics are chosen from current and recent policy debates. Specifically, it will emphasize current economic subjects such as poverty and welfare, economic growth and development, inflation, energy prices, climate changes and environmental pollution. Class participants will be encouraged to use economic theory to evaluate present events. Students will learn to read and construct basic theories and diagrams that explain and illustrate economic phenomena. Presentations and illustrations will be given for understanding the economic situations which directly affect our lives.