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A basic econ course, because it is a foundation for informed citizenship, is a requirement in many liberal arts colleges. Historically, orthodox economic theory has heavily influenced this course. But this narrow and theoretical approach to economics is not particularly useful in addressing the glaring challenges of inequality and global warming or inspiring our students to engage in solutions to social problems. This paper presents some ideas for professors who, after exposing students to the content of mainstream economics, want to challenge students to question the foundational assumptions and the consumer culture they live in by exposing them to an interdisciplinary view of an economy populated by moral actors and embedded in a biosphere with limited resources.



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