The Study of Markets Links English and Social Studies

Rochester’ s School Without Walls offers a course that centers on the impact of rapidly emerging markets on people’ s lives. Since resources are limited and wants are unlimited, the course description asks, how does scarcity drive choices and tradeoffs? How, why, when, and where are markets created, demand and supply regulated, and economic and social costs considered? How do international markets affect us and others? Students create a viable market project and present independent research reports. The course integrates mathematical concepts, geography, and the study of other cultures; classic readings across the disciplines include The Wealth of Nations, The Grapes of Wrath, The Jungle, Life in a Turkish Village, Silent Spring, The Zero Sum Society, Animal Farm, and The Hidden Persuaders. Other sources include newspapers and periodicals, interviews and field trips to museums and other community sites, internships, and guest speakers.