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Program Content & Topics


Economics Instruction 

  • Simulations are used to provide experiential learning opportunities and demonstrate the reliability of theoretical concepts  
  • Outstanding economics instructors foster critical thinking about difficult environmental and social problems 
  • Examination of current environmental issues promotes discussion 
  • Key topics covered during the program include: 
    • Tragedy of the commons 
    • World fisheries 
    • Wealth creation 
    • Endangered species 
    • Climate change 
    • Land use 
    • Air and water quality 
  • Key concepts covered in the program include:  
    • Marginal decision-making 
    • Institutions 
    • Externalities 
    • Scarcity 
    • Pricing 
    • Opportunity cost  
    • Incentives 

Field Trip 

Environment & the Economy features a field trip designed to illuminate a specific challenge and solution to environmental issues. Students will be able to evaluate policy and critically assess these issues by using a rational approach based on economic analysis. Specific details about location and schedule will be confirmed in orientation materials. 

Leadership Instruction 

  • Leadership topics farmed through the effective Hero’s Journey framework 
  • Goal is to improve participants ability to work and lead teams and to connect responsible leadership and the economic way of thinking