This course allows students to examine the domestic and international economic problems countries face and to explore community approaches to solving them. A variety of economic development paradigms, ranging from traditional to community-based, are examined. The course will introduce students to the importance of economics as it relates to community economic development (CED) and cover basic concepts in micro and macro economics. The economic concepts learned will then be applied to gain an understanding of the development process, as seen through an economic lens. Specifically, students will use their knowledge in economics to better understand domestic and international development issues such as poverty and inequality, population growth, migration, human capital development, rural development and agricultural transformation, environment, and trade.