This course will introduce students to economics of social issues, focusing on today's most pressing social and economic problems from both a domestic and global perspective. First, students will trace the development of our economic society from the Middle Ages to the present in order to gain a perspective on why our present day economy is the way it is and where it may be headed. Next, participants will examine issues of, but not limited to, environment, healthcare, and the equity of income distribution using tools of macro and microeconomic analysis. Other areas of possible inquiry and analysis could include abortion, gay marriage, drug and alcohol use, assisted suicide, military draft, gun control, bribery, or any other area of inquiry which a student may choose. Students will be require to select a social and/or economic issue of their choice for a semester long study and will present the results of their work and recommendations for public or private action. This is a writing intensive course. Open to non-business majors only.