Undergrads: Summer Course (Term B) – Finance and Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective

ESRM 321 will be offered this summer quarter during term B (mid July to mid August). This is an introductory business course designed for non-business majors, has NO prerequisites, and gives NW and I&S credit.

ESRM 321, Finance and Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective, is an online course (except for a mandatory in-person exam on 8.22).

This course explore two of the four primary business dimensions, finance and accounting and management from a sustainability perspective. Finance refers to the flows and uses of money among individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments and associated processes, institutions, and markets. Accounting involves recording, classifying, summarizing, and interpreting business transactions to provide management and stakeholders with information about a company’s performance, liquidity, growth, value, etc. Sustainability insights relating to finance and accounting are provided in all of the business recorded lectures. Learning Objectives (at the end of the course students should be able to):

  • Explain finance, accounting, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Summarize what money is, counterfeiting deterrence, and financial institutions.
  • Explain the functions of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and its monetary policy tools.
  • Describe stock markets, investing strategies, and socially responsible investing.
  • Analyze financial statements (e.g., balance sheets, income statements) and define corporate financial management.
  • Discuss sustainability concepts.