Summer Courses 2019

AAE 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition

Instructor: Kyle Stiegert
Cross-listed: Nutritional Sciences 350, Agronomy 350, CALS Interdisciplinary 350
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Meets: Online, May 20 – June 18

With hundreds of millions of malnourished people worldwide, understanding the root causes of hunger is more important than ever. What policies can help reduce worldwide hunger? What is the relationship between poverty and nutrition?

This course provides a broad and coherent treatment of human malnutrition. We explore the biology and physiology of human nutrition and examine the socio-economic factors that affect food consumption nutrition. Learn to think creatively about how to address the world’s hunger problem through policy.

        Counts for Biological Sciences breadth.

AAE 374 Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy

Instructor: Ian Coxhead
Cross-listed: International Studies 374
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Meets: M-Th 9:30 am-12:20 pm, May 28 to June 20

What do poor countries, and poor people in rich countries, stand to gain or lose from global trade? How does technological progress alter the global distribution of jobs and incomes? Do multilateral trade agreements promote growth, or do they simply codify unequal relationships? Do “trade wars” make any sense, and if so for whom?

AAE 374 asks these questions and more, and helps you acquire tools and sharpen your critical perspectives for thinking about the answers. Get ready to impress your friends and neighbors with your insight and understanding of global issues.

This course is a core class for the Development Economics Certificate.

AAE 375 Spreadsheet Fundamentals & Applications

Instructor: Jordan Van Rijn
Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Meets: Online, May 28 – June 30

With the rise in the collection and use of data in all parts of the economy and our lives, the ability use spreadsheet software—such as Microsoft Excel—is critical for performing numerous important tasks in business, finance, economics, statistics, and related fields. This course will let you put spreadsheet skills on your resume, and be ready to use them in a wide range of jobs.

This course provides an introduction to fundamentals and applications of spreadsheets software, including data management and manipulation, formulas and calculations, charts and graphics, tables, functions, descriptive statistics, and basic data analysis.

AAE 722 Machine Learning in Applied Economic Analysis

Instructor: Sheldon Du
Open to: Graduate students ONLY
Meets: M – Th 9:30 am – 12 pm, July 15 – August 25

How does your phone know what you’re going to text before you type it? Machine learning! It is also used in voice recognition, predictive text, online shopping recommendations and facial recognition. As data collection becomes the underpinning of so much of the global economy, this course will teach you methods to make that data useful.

The course will focus on the basic methods, implementation, and applications of machine learning for understanding contemporary economic issues using big datasets. Lectures will be combined with hands-on lab work to give you the tools to be able to put what you learn into practice immediately.