Fall Semester 2017: Economic Development
Behavioral Economics & Finance


   Asian Studies 

  Film Studies 

 Critical Social Thought

Political Economy of China Smith College, Spring, 2001

International Monetary Theory 
at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Introduction to Political Economy
UMass, Amherst

Development Macroeconomics
Nanjing University, Nanjing, China 

Intermediate Macroeconomics 
John Carroll University and the   University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Macroeconomic Policy and Planning,        National Economics University,
 Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Investments in China
Introduction to Business

ECNU International Summer School 

East China Normal University,
Shanghai, China 

Rural Development Planning and Policy (RDLN Summer Institute) 
University of California, Davis and 
NRF Masters in Regional 
     Planning Program 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Public Finance 
    Nanjing University

Economic Development in the Caribbean  Black Studies Dept., Portland State   University 
Philosophy of Economics
Portland State University 
 Portland State University


Independent Study Students

In addition to course work, students are currently working on a wide range of independent study and thesis projects:  an econometric analysis of the potential macroeconomic and financial market impacts of a revaluation of the RMB in China; a class analysis of the music industry; a thesis in computer science building an XML based application for use by the financial services industry; a corporate finance and class analytical exploration of the changing pattern of control over the value creation process in mass media;  a study of the works of institutionalist economists, including Thorstein Veblen and Richard L. Brinkman; an examination of the relationship between racism and capital accumulation (including a psychologial and philosophical exploration of why the fiction of race is perpetuated within social science); a class analysis of financial market reforms in Botswana, Ghana, and South Africa; a case study of the Marvel Comics bankruptcy, including construction of a website for teaching this case study; analysis of the determinants of financial market development and reform in emerging markets.  Past independent study and thesis projects of students in economics, Asian studies, African & African-American studies, computer science, film studies, international relations, critical social thought, and self-designed majors have ranged far in geographic, theoretical, and empirical reach.  Students should feel free to come by 119 Skinner to discuss any proposals related to the courses listed on this page (both those taught at Mount Holyoke College and in other venues) or research in the following fields:  comparative economic systems, corporate finance, economic development, economic history, political economy or public finance, and the philosophy of economics.

Introductory Courses:

  • First Year Seminar on Microfinance
  • First Year Seminar on China
  • Economics in Popular Film 
  • Contemporary China
  • Intro to Political Economy 
  • Intro to Macroeconomics 
  • Introductory Economics 
  • Intermediate-level Courses:

  • Survey of China's Economy 
  • Corporate Finance 
  • Statistics 
  • U.S. Economic History in Film 
  • Economics of Minorities 
  • Economic Development 
  • East Asian Economic Development 
  • Seminars:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance Seminar
  • Economics of Cyberspace 
  • Seminar in Comparative Economic Systems 
  • Seminar in Economic Development 
  • Seminar in Political Economy of Racism 
  • Seminar in Public Finance 
  • January Term Courses:

  • Political Economy of Star Trek
  • Reading the Contemporary Chinese Economy as a Post-Structuralist Novel
  • African Economic History  
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