This first module in HP Life eLearning was the only education that I’ve had in finance since I took a general business course a million years ago in high school. Although I had a basic understanding of all of the materials that were covered, I did not know the key terms and was not really clear on the full meaning of the concepts. This module gave me a working knowledge of the very basic language of finance, and I think that will help me be more effective at integrating entrepreneurship into my sociology course. I think I’ll be able to speak with authority—with some practice.
In the Introduction to Sociology course, I teach a unit on work and the economy. I generally include a segment on actions that can boost a student’s professional image to make him or her more competitive in the job search. I am working on an idea to integrate the information on profit and loss, funding, and cash flow to help students consider the full cost of finding their dream job. I am also going to develop an assignment that gets students to think about how long after they leave school it will be before they can expect to reach the break-even point.
One difficulty in integrating these topics into a sociology lesson plan is that students may be resistant to thinking about how finance and human behavior are related. A strategy to overcome that barrier is to talk about finances as a part of the larger institution of economy and work, which determine our behavior as adults who choose, train for, and work at careers.
Thanks for reading my post. I look forward to your ideas.