| Introduction to Macroeconomics
S202 | 1596 | Gardner, R
THIS IS AN AUTHORIZED CLASS
YOU MUST OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM
THE HONORS DIVISION
9:30-10:45am MW WY 115
Text: Parkin, Macroeconomics (4th ed)
This course is the sequel to S201 (or E201). If that material is a little
rusty, you should warm up by reading chapters 1, 2, and 4 right away. In
this course, we look at the economy of an entire nation--most of the time,
that nation is the USA--how that economy functions, and how it relates to
the rest of the world. This means we get to ask some really big questions,
like--Why is the unemployment rate 4.6%? Why is the inflation rate 2.2%? Why
is the federal budget of $1.6 trillion and why doesn't it balance? Why is
gold worth less than $300/oz? We will answer all these questions and more.
Besides reading the text, students will be expected to read a reputable
daily newspaper, such as the Wall Street Journal. You will get more out of
this course if you attend class regularly.
Evaluation based on a 1000 point scale: 3 examinations (750 points), 12
weekly homework sets (180 points), participation (60 points). You may work
in small groups on the homework sets. No credit for late homework. There
will be 1 extra credit opportunity.