Macroeconomics Syllabus.docx

  • December 3, 2020


ECON1-UC 0301.002                                  PROFESSOR MAUREEN A. KEEFE

INTRO TO MACROECONOMICS                      EMAIL: [email protected]

Spring 2018    Tuesday 6:20 – 8:50 pm                   194 Mercer, Room 202                                            

TEXT:    Baumol, William J. and Blinder, Alan S.  Macroeconomics:  Principles and Policy, 13th edition.  Cengage Publishers

SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:    The Wall Street Journal.

A. 1.    COURSE DESCRIPTION:    This introductory course in economics is designed             to explain and explore such major macroeconomic issues as inflation, unemployment, productivity and economic growth in our capitalist system.          Models using aggregate supply and aggregate demand are developed and used to      illustrate how the economy works.

A. 2.    INTENDED AUDIENCE:   Lower division students.


·    To acquaint students with basic macroeconomic concepts and theories regarding   inflation, unemployment, productivity and economic growth

·    To familiarize students with the analytical tools necessary to understand how         our capitalist economy works

·    To engage students with relevant and current economic issues and problems

·    To provide opportunities for discussion and debate

B.        GRADING:

            REQUIREMENT     VALUE          NUMBER      TOTAL

            Exam I                        33.33%                        1          33.33%

            Exam II                       33.33%                        1          33.33%

            Final Exam                  33.33%                        1          33.33%

            Make up exams, if approved, will lose 10%.         

            Cell phones must have the ringer off during class.

  • AGENDA:     (Subject to change)

DATE       CHAPTER    TOPICS                                             ASSIGNMENTS

1/23           1                      What Is Economics?                           Review Appendix

                                                                                                      Ch 1 Activity

1/30           3                      Scarcity and Choice                            TY 2, 3

                                          An Economic Problem                        Ch 3 Activity

2/6             4                      Supply and Demand                           TY 1-6; DQ 1, 2

2/13           5                      Realm of Macroeconomics                 TY 3; Ch 5 Activity

2/20           6                      Goals of Macroeconomic Policy        TY 5; Ch 6 Activity

2/27                       7                      Economic Growth Theory                  TY 4

3/6                                     EXAM I

3/13                                   SPRING RECESS   

3/20           8                      Aggregate Demand and the                TY 2-4; DQ 5, 6                                                    Powerful Consumer                            Appendix TY 1

3/27           9                      Demand-Side Equilibrium                  TY 1, 7

                                                                                                      Ch 9 Activity

4/3             10                    Supply-Side Equilibrium                     DQ 1, 2

            11                    Fiscal Policy                                        DQ 3, 4

4/10                                   EXAM II

4/17           12                    Money and the Banking System         DQ 1-7

4/24           13                    Monetary Policy                                  TY 1, 3, 4; DQ 1, 2, 3

            14                    Financial Crisis                                   TY 1; DQ 2-6

5/1             15                    Debate: Monetary & Fiscal Policy     DQ 5

16                    Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy &

                                          Growth – Budget Deficits                   TY 1, 3; DQ 1, 3

  1. Inflation & Growth: the

                                    Phillips Curve                         DQ 4  

5/8                         FINAL EXAM

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