Teaching Topics

There are a variety of methods for teaching using Parks and Rec in the economics classroom and in high school classrooms focused on government, ethics, and business. Below are two categories, one which lists teaching topics that others have put together and are available online and a second that includes a list of topics that we have put together for use in a principles of economics classroom or an advanced placement economics classroom.

Teaching with Parks & Rec

  1. Borry, Erin (2018). “Linking theory to television: Public administration in Parks and Recreation.” Journal of Public Affairs Education, 24(2): 234-254.
  2. Borry, Erin (2018). “Teaching Public Ethics with TV: Parks and Recreation as a Source of Case Studies.” Public Integrity, 20(3): 300-315.
  3. Conaway, L.B. and Clark, C. (2015). “Swansonomics: Using “Parks and Recreation” to
    Teach Economics.” Journal of Economics & Finance Education, 14(1): 41-68.
  4. O’Connell, Courtney. (2013, February 13). “5 Parks and Recreation Episodes You Can Use in the Classroom.” The Huffington Post. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-oconnell/5-parks-and-recreation-episodes-to-use-in-classroom_b_6661436.html

Teaching Topics by the Authors

Gender Equality Should governments tax sugary beverages_ Government Bailouts Comparative Systems Public Health Market Structures