In this course, we will explore the workings of the American economy through all the ways you interact with it, as consumers, workers, internet users, taxpayers, insurance holders, renters, credit card users and more. Understanding your relationship to money and your responsibilities with it are the two main goals of this course. This class will use some texts, but the world will be our classroom. We will draw upon real-life stores institutions, organizations, advertising, products and people to shape our experience. We will study ideas, events and encounters, relying heavily on your contributions as writers, viewers, listeners, reporters and critics. Our class must be an environment in which everyone can express his or her own opinion freely and comfortably.