Friday, September 25, 2009

Book club rules and information

This quarter for our ECON 17 book club, we will be reading God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World, Penguin Press 2009, by Micklethwait and Woolridge, two writers for The Economist Magazine.

The book is required reading; exam questions will address ideas from the book. Please obtain your copy ASAP via if you have not already.

We will read the book during weeks 2-7 of the quarter. Here is the schedule (also on syllabus):
  • Oct 8 - Introduction.
  • Oct 15 - Ch. 1-4.
  • Oct 22 - Ch. 5-7.
  • Oct 29 - Ch. 8-9.
  • Nov 5 - Ch. 10-12.
  • Nov 12 - Conclusion.
On each of the six dates above, I will post on the blog some thoughts and discussion questions based on the assigned reading for that day. You are encouraged to participate in an online discussion when each post goes up. Online participation is not mandatory, yet a comment I consider to be of very high quality result in extra credit (maximum five extra credit points during the quarter for good blog comments). So that we may properly assign extra credit, please use your first name and last initial when making the comment. (If you do not use both, we cannot guarantee the extra credit.)

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