ACE 270: Consumer Economics
Introduction to the study of the consumer in the American economy; sources of consumer information and consumer protection; and examination of current consumer issues within an economic framework.
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
Instructor Teaching the Course:
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Dr. Craig Gundersen
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See when the course is offered as well as section details here: https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/terms/ACE/270
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Additional Course Information
Read more about what Dr. Gundersen has to say about ACE 270!
Is this class discussion-based or lecture-based? How would you describe your teaching style?
This course is primarily a lecture-based course.
How are students evaluated (e.g. multiple choice or essay tests, papers, etc.)?
There are four multiple-choice exams in the class plus two papers.
What careers does this course help prepare students to pursue?
In this course, we address a wide variety of important topics for consumers and policymakers. These topics are timely but they are also ones that have been discussed, in a broader context, for years. By understanding the approaches to these problems, students will be well-prepared to understand and comment-on these topics in their workplace.
In addition, there are two papers for this course. The quality of a student’s writing – both when applying for jobs and then within the workforce – is arguably one of the most important skills employers consider when making hiring decisions. These papers and the subsequent feedback will help students to improve their writing.
What is your background in Agricultural and Consumer Economics?
My research concentrates on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and on the evaluation of food assistance programs with an emphasis on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). I’ve been in this research area for over twenty years in both government and academic positions.
What is your attendance policy?
Attendance is required. This is ascertained via periodic taking of attendance throughout the semester.