Integrating themes in teaching an undergraduate course: the cases of intermediate microeconomics and principles of macroeconomics
integrated course design, undergraduate teaching, intermediate microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics
Building a course around an important and intriguing question (an integrating theme) could increase students’ interest and become a useful tool for organizing the course material. The integrating theme, or overarching question should resonate with a particular audience. In the case of Intermediate Microeconomics, a question like “Do people pay too much for their purchases?” seems effective for the most diverse audiences. For another example, an Introductory Macroeconomic course could be designed around a comparison between two countries such as Canada and Cuba. Comparisons often capture people’s attention. The idea of a course design surrounding a central issue is distinct from other related paradigms, such as integrated curriculum or problem-based learning.
Colonescu, C. (2013, June). Integrating themes in teaching an undergraduate course: The cases of intermediate microeconomics and principles of macroeconomics. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Economics Association, Montreal, QC. Retrieved from https://economics.ca
Presented on June 1, 2013 at the Canadian Economics Association annual conference held at HEC Montreal in Montreal, Quebec.
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