First Year Academic Seminar
(ECON 0001)

Fall 2016
(Friday //   10:00 am - 10:50 am   //   Atkinson Hall 108)

   Georgia College and State University    

 Dr. W. Ken Farr, Professor of Economics
                    Office:   Atkinson Hall,  Room 402 // Phone: (478) 445-4210   


Office Hours:  
By Appointment

Course Description:  This is the freshman seminar for economics majors.  The course is designed to help students make a smooth transition to college life at GCSU and to familiarize them with the economics program.

Attendance policy: Students are expected to attend all class meetings.  Attendance will be taken during each class meeting.  Students are allowed one (1) absence without penalty during the term.  A student's attendance grade will be reduced by twenty-five (25) points for each absence after the first one.  I do not accept excuses from class so please do not bring excuses explaining your absence.    

Grading:  

                Four-year Program of Study.......50%
                Class Participation.......................25% *
                Class Attendance.........................25%

90 - 100   A
80 - 89     B
70 - 79     C
60 - 69     D
Below 60  F

*Failure to return Ludwig von Mises book will result in an incomplete (I) for the course.

Class Format: We will cover a variety of topics of interest to new students in a very informal setting.  Topics include advisement, registration, academic performance, learning center, international education, etc.  Please feel free to bring topics to class on which you have questions or would like to discuss. 

THIS CLASS BEGINS AT 10:00 am.    PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND RESPONSIBLE--BE ON TIME!  CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF!!  NO ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ALLOWED!
Emergency Procedures:  In case of fire please exit Atkinson Hall to the front campus.  In case of a bomb threat please exit Atkinson Hall and assemble in front of Russell Auditorium (the side facing the street away from Atkinson Hall). 

Assistance for Student Needs Related to Disability:  If you have a disability as described by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, you may be eligible to receive accommodations to assist in programmatic and physical accessibility.  Disability Services of the GCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity can assist you in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and in providing support in developing appropriate accommodations needed to ensure equal access to all GCSU programs and facilities.   Course requirements will not be waived but accommodations may assist you in meeting the requirements.  For documentation requirements and for additional information, we recommend that you contact Disability Services located in Maxwell Student Union at 478-445-5931 or 478-445-4233.   

NO EATING IS ALLOWED DURING CLASS TIME, HOWEVER, YOU MAY ENJOY A (LEGAL) BEVERAGE OF YOUR CHOICE.

I will try to maintain the following schedule, however, I may need to make adjustments.

Topics

August 19, 2016         First Class/Introductions/Review Syllabus.  Introduction to economics.
                                    Why major in economics?  Von Mises Book.
                                    Career Center assignment. 
Focus 2 Career Assessment
                                    Assignment:
 
Complete the 5 self-assessments in Focus 2 and bring your
                                    Work Interest Assessment results to class on August 26 in order to
                                    participate in a class activity with the Career Center. 
                                    How to create an account and log into FOCUS 2: 
                                   New Users:
Visit our webpage at
http://www.gcsu.edu/career and click on
                                   Focus 2 Career Assessment.”  Click “Register” and
                                   create an account.  Use your @bobcats.gcsu.edu email address as your
                                   username. Login with the access code “Thunder”. Returning Users:  Login
                                   with your username and password. (more Career Connections Instructions)
                                  
August 26, 2016         Career Center Presentation/Academic Advisor

September 2, 2016      Hurricane Hermine (class cancelled)
                           
September 9, 2016      Economics program of study.  Degree Works—(Worksheet Tutorial).    (Degree Works--Planner Tutorial).

September 16, 2016    Alcohol Education Presentation (Student Health Services).   

September 23, 2016    Ludwig von Mises -- Lecture 1 "Capitalism."   
                                   
Career Connection Assignment.  Register in Career Connection at
                                    www.gcsu.edu/career - click on the Career Connection link and use your
                                    Bobcats email as your username.  Once registered, you can access your
                                    account through Unify. Once registered, complete the Career Connection
                                   Career Connection Job & Internship Database Assignment.


September 30, 2016    Tranguide/GPA/Advisement/Registration/Withdrawal Policy.
                                    (How to Register)    (Schedule Planning Sheet)  (Course Withdrawal Policy)
 
October 7, 2016          International education opportunities.   

October 14, 2016        Ludwig von Mises -- Lecture 2 "Socialism" and Lecture 3 "Interventionism."  
                                   
Initial "Program of Study" due today in Degree Works Planner.  
                                    
(Update "Program of Study" in Degree Works Planner as needed until
                                    December 2).


October 21, 2016        Ludwig von Mises -- Lecture 4 "Inflation."

October 28, 2016        Mansion tour

November 4, 2016     
No Class

November 11, 2016    Ludwig von Mises -- Lecture 5 "Foreign Investment." You can still
                                    update your “Program of Study” in Degree Works Planner as needed. 

November 18, 2016    Ludwig von Mises -- Lecture 6 "Politics and Ideas."  You can still update
                                    your “Program of Study” in Degree Works Planner as needed.
                                   
Return von Mises book today.

November 25, 2016    No Class Today (Thanksgiving week)

December 2, 2016      Meet the department faculty.  Final "Program of Study" due in Degree
                                   Works Planner today!  
No Further Changes Can Be Made to Program
                                   of Study
.
                           
 Return von Mises book today if not already returned.  

 
MY EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

An educated person is one that is capable of taking information learned throughout one's life and using it to deal with issues which are encountered on a daily basis. An education, most importantly, enables the mind to think critically about issues so that one can become a problem solver.

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Updated on August 17, 2016