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BUS 249 — Understanding Current Shifts in the US Economy

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 3—Oct 31
Time: 5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $455
Instructor(s): Denise Geschke
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Oct 3—Oct 31
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 5
1 Unit
Denise Geschke
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In recent years, the US economy has undergone extraordinary shifts. The short-term recession we faced during the pandemic gave way to a rapid recovery fueled by economic stimulus. Now with government spending waning, soaring inflation, and higher interest rates, politicians and business leaders talk regularly about the labor market, debts and deficits, and trade balances (or imbalances). What does this mean for us? How do we stay educated, informed, and prepared for the future as we make strategic decisions in our lives?

In this introductory course, we will study economics in its contemporary context, exploring the issues many of us have on our minds, both at work and at home. We will first build an understanding of economic fundamentals, such as supply and demand, then take a deeper dive into current topics and trends, including how households should interpret trade deficit and unemployment numbers, whether large companies like Amazon and Meta should be thought of as monopolies, and how rising income inequality may impact us all. Guest speakers from venture capital and investor advising will share their personal experiences to illuminate and deepen our discussions.

Business Educator; Certified Public Accountant

Denise Geschke has taught economics, business, and accounting at Foothill College. She serves on the board of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and previously served on the Los Altos Community Advisory Council on Finance. She was formerly a partner in the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Geschke received an MBA from UCLA.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.