Learn about the building blocks of economics and gain an understanding of how the economy works.

Business of International OrganizationsJuly 11 - 26, 2018
(Arrival Date: July 10 | Departure Date: July 27)

This is an introductory course that will familiarize students with the fundamentals of economics. Students will be introduced to important topics in economics including demand and supply, economic growth, inflation, unemployment, poverty, income inequality and globalization. This course will also allow students to understand the importance of economics as a discipline and relevance of this discipline in understanding current world events. This course will also introduce students to the Swiss economy. Students will learn about Switzerland’s economic history, the main sectors in Switzerland and the country’s position in the global economic scene.

This course will incorporate in class sessions, guest lectures and field trips to different locations in Switzerland that include Bellinzona, the Ticino valleys, and Poschiavo to enhance student’s learning experience.

Program Details

The course is taught and directed by Dr. Poulomi Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of Economics, with support from academic mentors who will provide guidance and assistance to students.

Course Schedule

Tuesday, July 10th
All day Arrival and orientation
Wednesday, July 11th
Morning Overview of the course
  Course material, class expectations and grading
  Methodology, Aim and objectives of the course
  Introduction to economics, aim of economics and different economic systems
  Relevance of economics in today’s world
Afternoon Visit to downtown and lido with mentors
Thursday, July 12th
Morning Scarcity and Choice
  The Economic Problem
  Demand and Supply
Afternoon In class exercise with mentor
  Class presentation topics
Friday, July 13th
Morning Demand and Supply (con't)
  Lecture on GDP growth, unemployment and inflation
  Introduction to Gandria Customs Museum trip
Afternoon     Class review
Saturday, July 14th
Morning         Visit to Gandria Customs Museum
Afternoon         Visit to Lugano center
Sunday, July 15th
Morning     Free
Afternoon Picnic Lunch
  Lugano Lido
Monday, July 16th
Morning         Test #1
Afternoon Ricardian trade model
Tuesday, July 17th
Morning Lecture on fair trade
  Fair trade simulation game
Afternoon Visit to Coop, Migros and Manor
Wednesday, July 18th
Morning Different sectors of the Swiss economy and economic history of Switzerland
         Swiss geography and agriculture

Thursday, July 19th
Morning Lecture by SSB on Poschiavo valley
  Fair trade presentation
Afternoon Preparation for weekend trip
Friday, July 20th
Morning Depart for field trip to Poschiavo with Dean SSB
  Introduction: The AlpFoodway Project
Afternoon Making Pizzocheri and other traditional food
Saturday, July 21st
Morning Field trip in Poschiavo with Dean SSB
  Food, Tourism and the Economy: Hike and the Bernina Railway Project
Sunday, July 22nd
Morning          AlpFoodway project, Poschiavo
Afternoon         Return to campus
Monday, July 23rd
Morning     Lecture on income inequality and growth
Afternoon     Documentary on Inequality
  Class review

Tuesday, July 24th
Morning     Alpine tourism and Ticino: Lucomagno
  Day Trip with Professor Della Croce
Wednesday, July 25th
Morning Test #2
Afternoon Work with mentors on projects

Thursday, July 26th
Morning Project presentation
Afternoon Free
Evening Dinner together at a local grotto

Friday, July 27th
All day Departures


Tuition, room and board CHF 3,380 USD 3,380*
*Residents of the U.S. and Canada pay in U.S. Dollars (USD). All others pay in Swiss Francs (CHF).