SarahGrace Ashworth


Class Format

Economics is often referred to as the "dismal science" but for me, I consider it the study of a paradox of principles. Once understood, they can be used to create new ways to enjoy financial health, wealth and freedom in all you do and demonstrate to others what is possible too. 

I provide a collaborative learning environment by utilizing experiential games, projects and group dynamics coupled with instructor led course presentation. My Survey course, offers a service learning component with community involvement to integrate the relationship between opportunity cost, self-interest and social well-being. It is designed to yield a comprehensive understanding of the economic implications of every decision, for yourself and others.  This class will provide you with information, education and application to help transfer your knowledge to real world situations designed to stretch and challenge your thinking as to what "economics" is really about.

This class will help you identify how to benefit from the principles as a means of improving your decision making based on who you are, what you value. How developing an “entrepreneurial mindset can help overcome various events and circumstances by thinking how to profit both individually while contributing society’s well-being as a whole.

Resource Use

Textbook: Yes (mandatory)

Calculator: A basic, non graphic. (No IPhone)

Software: Yes, for McGraw-Hill Text (Microeconomics/Macroeconomics) on-line homework is required and the student must purchase a code to access this learning platform. The current platform is called, “Connect On-line” by McGraw Hill publishers. For Survey Class, no software used with Cengage Publications.

Assessment

The student's grade is based on a three categories of assignments:  1) In-class exams consisting of multiple choice and short answers (usually four total exams), 2) A series of graded worksheets distributed in class over the material currently being covered and 3) Homework question quizzes utilizing either the D2L/Canvas platform or Publishers learning platform.

Homework Policy

Participation is essential to passing this class. There are both in-class and out-of-class assignments. Both in class activities, worksheets, quizzes, discussions and projects are designed to serve as an ongoing review for the unit exam and you overall understanding of the course concept. As you comprehend the in class exercises and quizzes you will be more than adequately prepared for the exam at the end of each unit. However, it is my hope that the exam is a reflection of your learning more than merely a statistic of achievement.

Attendance Policy

Your attendance is tied to successful completion and outcome of the course. Students are encouraged to attend every class (on-line students are required to participate weekly). It is the Economics Department policy to not withdraw students for non-attendance. If you stop attending a face-to-face (or participating in the on-line class), it is your responsibility to withdraw; faculty do not withdraw students for poor attendance.

Instructor Availability

1 hour each week or by appointment.