FYS 101   "Did 'It' Happen Again?"

What caused the Great Recession of 2008? There has been an outpouring of films, books, first person accounts,
government reports, monographs, and blogs on this topic. Key films such as “Too Big to Fail,” “Margin Call,” “Inside
Job,” and “House of Cards” will be discussed, as well as books, and journalistic accounts. Comparisons can be
drawn with the movies such as “Modern Times” about the 1930s, and “Wall Street” about the 1980s.

The Great Depression of the 1930s introduced a period of stagnation, as well as a massive change in the role of
government, and the position of the U.S. in the global economy. What are the prospects that such a transformation
will reoccur?

Such an outpouring of literature and films on the topic is an interesting phenomenon in itself, along with the large
number of scapegoats from which to choose, and multiple perspectives to consider.

The course will consider the ethical dimensions of the crisis, as well as history and economics.  Skills in information
management will be developed, as well as critical thinking skills to assess the varieties of genres and the
divergent accounts.