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Pollution and the Environment: How much is a clean environment worth? (2012)

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In 1977, the federal court system told the Reserve Mining Company to build a $400 million disposal site for carcinogenic materials. After 1970, Los Angeles was looking for a broad-ranging smog-reduction policy to reflect recently amended Clean Air Act standards.

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Pollution and the Environment: How much is a clean environment worth?

Public Goods and Responsibility: How Far Should We Go? (2012)

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In 1937 the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a government-owned utility company, was created to electrify rural communities and control flooding. 1965 marked the first U.S. attempt at national health insurance in the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. In response to 9/11, the U.S.

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Public Goods and Responsibility: How Far Should We Go?

Profits and Interest: How do You Get the Best Return? (2012)

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In response to rising interest rates in the 1970s, the Maryland legislature raised usury ceilings so that more home loans would be available. In December of 1980 Apple Computers went public, affirming four years of hard work with substantial compensation for its founders.

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Profits and Interest: How do You Get the Best Return?

Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit? (2012)

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Farmers lured into producing massive food surpluses for WWI could no longer profit when the war ended and demand plummeted. After 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to improve the conditions of farmers via policies in his New Deal plan.

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Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit?

Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition? (2012)

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Competition with General Motors eventually rendered Ford's single-option Model-T obsolete. In 1959, a reporter for the Knoxville News-Sentinel discovered a price-fixing scandal between three big-name electric companies in each of their closed bids to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition?

Monopoly: Who's in Control? (2012)

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In 1890, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act broke up the monopoly that John D. Rockefeller and his company, Standard Oil, had on the oil industry.

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Monopoly: Who's in Control?

Labor and Management: How do they Come to Terms? (2012)

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The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) strike in the early 1900s was inspired by poor working conditions and low wages.

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Labor and Management: How do they Come to Terms?

Economic Growth: Can We Keep Up the Pace? (2012)

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By 1916 Henry Ford's assembly line had lowered the price of the Model T to $360, making it affordable and increasing its production exponentially in two years.

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Economic Growth: Can We Keep Up the Pace?

Economic Efficiency: What Price, Controls? (2012)

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In preparation for WWII, the Roosevelt administration instituted wage price and price controls to curb inflation and better focus production on war materials.

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Economic Efficiency: What Price, Controls?

Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle? (2012)

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The nation's cycles of economic booms and busts were considered intrinsically capitalistic by Joseph Schumpeter who called them "methodic economic growth," and by Karl Marx who lambasted capitalism as inherently flawed.

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Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle?

People Shape the World (2004)

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What is the impact of the individual in world history? This unit examines the role of individual and collective action in shaping the world through the lives of such diverse figures as Mao Zedong, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.

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People Shape the World

Imperial Designs (2004)

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What lasting impacts did modern imperialism have on the world? The profound consequences of imperialism are examined in the South African frontier and Brazil, where politics, culture, industrial capitalism, and the environment were shaped and re-shaped. 

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Imperial Designs

Global War and Peace (2004)

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How "global" were the World Wars? This unit examines Japanese imperialism, the Belgian Congo, and twentieth century peace institutions to study how local, national, ethnic, and religious conflicts shaped these wars and their aftermaths.

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Global War and Peace

Globalization and Economics (2004)

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How have the forces of globalization shaped the modern world? This unit travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes wrought by globalization. 

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Globalization and Economics

Transmissions of Traditions (2004)

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What are traditions and how are they transmitted? Islamic Spain, Korea, and West Africa provide examples of many different modes of transmission, including oral, written, artistic, and architectural.

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Transmissions of Traditions

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