TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE TO ECON 101 STUDENTS
Keywords:ECON 101, CORE, teaching economic, climate change
There is a growing recognition that ECON 101 does not adequately prepare students to address the pressing issues of our times including climate change. However, options such as the CORE text are unsuitable because of information overload and the use of advanced technical concepts and techniques. The objective in this paper is to introduce climate change to ECON 101 students in a way that minimizes student confusion, instructor workload, and upholds Mankiw’s approach of clarity before nuance. A new approach is delineated based on popular books, magazine articles, a YouTube video, and simple exercises. This five-part approach consists of emphasizing the urgency of climate change, thinking outside the box through geoengineering, the limits of individual actions like buying local or going vegan, the comparative outlook on various policy tools with a simple equation solving exercise, and game theory to broach the issue of international collaboration.
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