Economics and the Nobel Prize, Sherry Forbes, Sweet Briar College, Fall 2012

This course examines the development of modern economics through the contributions of the Nobel Prize winners, and how the ideas of Nobel Prize winners  influenced (and continue to influence) everyday life and how we think about the "big ideas" of today.  A unifying theme of the course revolves around considering how the Nobel laureates would answer the questions "Is economics a science?" and "What is the proper role of the government in the economy?"  The course is designed as a seminar that meets once a week, and the assignment structure is ideal for smaller classes (6-15 students).