Econ 1740: U.S. Economic History

Highlights of the course

My favorite feature of this course has been assigning students to work in student groups to explore big economic events in history, then create a podcast episode and infographic for teaching others.

I like to focus on the Cold War because so much is going on during this period, but also the Cold War itself is an example of how a past struggle over economic ideology still shapes current economic events.  Also, I have found students have not really learned much about this topic.

I have taught this course in person and online, but I think the online version is better.

Econ 1740 is a lower- division general education course, but I used this curriculum to build the Econ 5470/6470 U.S. economic history course for seniors and Master's students.  Since then, I've returned to teaching 1740 and have had the opportunity to adjust the curriculum back to a freshman level.  This has made the curriculum and the 1740 course better.

Syllabus example

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Student Course Feedback

Spring 2019 (online)

Course score: 5.16/6

Instructor score: 5.35/6

Fall 2019 (online)

Course score: 5.22/6

Instructor score: 5.44/6

Spring 2020 (COVID onset)

Course score: 4.94/6

Instructor score: 5.2/6

Materials example