International Economics: Engaging Students with Real World Group Projects

How do we engage our undergraduate students with real-world data search and analysis? In this webinar, Svitlana Maksymenko will share her experience of introducing group country projects in my large sections of International Economics course. These projects allow students to select a country of their interest, and analyze international trade and finance statistics of a particular country following the exploration of international trade and finance theories in class.

About the Presenters:
Svitlana Maksymenko is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics of the University of Pittsburgh and the affiliated faculty member at the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University in 2006. Dr. Maksymenko’s research focuses on policy modeling, economic growth and reforms in emerging market economies. Her work has been published in the Comparative Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Development, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Journal of Policy Modeling, and International Journal of Educational Development. Svitlana has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, incl. Microeconomics, International Economics, Financial Economics, and Economic Policy Analysis. In addition to teaching at the main campus, Dr. Maksymenko directs the Economics summer study abroad program in Central Europe, and has also taught at the universities in Argentina, South Africa, and China. She is a recipient of the Sen. Edmund Muskie Fellowship, 2007 Best Faculty Paper Award of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology, Hewlett International Grant and the John Bowman Faculty Grant for expanding the international component in the University of Pittsburgh curriculum.