The purpose of this course is to provide students with a framework to understand the globally developing economic world by integrating the global perspective and the traditional economic principles. It will help the students by giving them the tools they need to make connections between the economic principles they learn and the now-global world they live in. Economics is a way of thinking about the world- and the world is always changing. Economists have developed a set of simple but widely applicable concepts and principles that are useful for understanding economic situations ranging from decisions that individuals make every day to decisions made by firms and governments in complex markets. This course intends to help students learn and understand these concepts and principles and apply them to a variety of economic situations. The overall aim of the course is to give students a deeper understanding of the nature and scope of economics. The different parts of the course are designed to complement each other enabling students to develop a range of fundamental economic skills.


This course provides comprehension of the fundamental concepts of natural resources, conservation and development. Students will be exposed to the basic principles of natural resources in our Central America and the Caribbean, a general description of how these are being used and particularly on the ecological impacts of human activities that have been created with the use of natural resources. At the end of each topic, discussions will be provided on the possible solutions to the many self-imposed dilemmas we have created. We will focus on local examples of human/ecosystem relationships, examine development issues and propose ways that we may achieve more balanced lifestyles that respect the ecological structure, function and dynamics of Earth’s ecosystems for a sustainable future on natural resource use. Important units will be conservation and alternatives to renewable resources and pollution prevention.