department
continuing ed

(Continuing Education)
Dec 2017

Love this man and those glorious sideburns of his. Great course to take as an non-core/non-major credit as a quantitative major. At first glance you might be intimidated because you see "Economic and Financial Methods" as a sustainable development major and you're spooked. This is not the case. The course is quantitive, obviously, but not in a way that is designed to be confusing, nor without the study of real-world implications alongside theory. The course surveys Economic and Financial methods through the lens of sustainability, but don't misunderstand- the course is not incredibly quantitative. Still, we went through a wide variety of concepts including but not limited to: game theory, financial statements, principles of accounting, and more. I'd say this was more of an applied theory course than a hard accounting, finance, or economics course (and I'm an econ major). Professor Bose is such a real g. Not only is he incredibly approachable, funny, quirky, but Bose knows his shit cold. Seriously- our discussion went into super-specific tangents ranging from private equity to ramifications of specific carbon-emissions policymaking and he knew every aspect of detail that was relevant. He brought up great examples that were super interesting but still at least tangentially related to the material (kind of). He's sharp, and loves loves LOVES when students participate. Honestly one of my favorite classes I've ever taken. Really applicable content too- knowing excel, accounting, and basic game theory is applicable wherever you go in life, and Bose focuses consistently on practical applications of the material. The reading and powerpoints contain FAR more information and in-depth content than what you'll be assessed on- focus on the problem sets/review slides he shares as well as the practice midterm and you'll nail the exam. Final project was also a ton of fun. Definitely go to his office hours too- he's willing to talk about anything from topics from class ranging to personal life.

Feb 2015

This content of this class was interesting to learn and so was the presentation of the material by Prof. Russell. This isn't a strict accounting class. If you're looking for that, you're in the wrong class. I'll spend less time reviewing the content and more time reviewing the professor. Prof. Russell seems to be a very nice person and certainly has a great amount of knowledge on the subject. For all the enthusiasm and energy the professor has for his subject, and for all the work that the student is expected to produce, the amount of feedback the student receives is almost none. I repeat, not one of the three major projects handed in merited any feedback from the professor. This issue was the elephant in the room throughout the semester. You won't know how you are doing (grade-wise) in this class other than the problem sets returned by the TA. Of the three major projects handed in during the semester, not one hint of feedback was given to any of the students in this class. If receiving feedback from your hard work is important to you, do not take this class. However, if you'd like to be exposed to corporate accounting practices that involve environment, social, and government (ESG) metrics while at the same time gain some understanding why this might be important, then this class is enlightening.

Jun 2014

Professor Cook is very organized (he has taught this class a multiple of times previously), very responsive to emails, has excellent downloadable PowerPoint lecture slides (which obviate most needs to take notes) and is very clear in his explanations in class. I wish there was a weekly recitation (with the TA?) to go over the lectures and ask questions as the professor introduces lots of new material each week. This is not an easy class but it is taught in a very competent manner.

Jun 2014

Professor Cook is very organized (he has taught this class a multiple of times previously), very responsive to emails, has excellent downloadable PowerPoint lecture slides (which obviate most needs to take notes) and is very clear in his explanations in class. I wish there was a weekly recitation (with the TA?) to go over the lectures and ask questions as the professor introduces lots of new material each week. This is not an easy class but it is taught in a very competent manner.

Jun 2014

Professor Cook is very organized (he has taught this class a multiple of times previously), very responsive to emails, has excellent downloadable PowerPoint lecture slides (which obviate most needs to take notes) and is very clear in his explanations in class. I wish there was a weekly recitation (with the TA?) to go over the lectures and ask questions as the professor introduces lots of new material each week. This is not an easy class but it is taught in a very competent manner.