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1Syllabus :: ECO 2013 (Principles of Macroeconomics) Dr. Thomas Knight Spring 2016 Office Hours Time: M/W 3:30-5:00pm Course Time: T/R 11:45a-1:40p Office Hours Location: MAT 340 Course Location: HVNR 140 Course Website: Email: [email protected]Required Text: 1) “Macroeconomics” by Michael Parkin 2) MyEconLab access key Recommended Companion: 1) Connect Master by Carlos Asarta and Roger Butters COURSE DESCRIPTION Principles of Macroeconomics is intended to introduce students to the current understanding and relevant issues of the macroeconomy. We will develop a solid foundation of the microeconomic underpinnings that comprise the macroeconomy. Within that macroeconomic framework, we will examine the effects of government intervention in individual markets and consider both efficiency and distributional effects. We will develop a thorough understanding of the macroeconomy, looking closely at GDP growth, unemployment, inflation, and business cycles. We will examine the models used by economists to depict the macroeconomy and use these models to examine monetary and fiscal policy. Finally, we will examine the international financial system and exchange rate fluctuations. ECO 2013 WITHIN THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUMSocial and behavioral science courses provide instruction in the history, key themes, principles, terminology, and underlying theory or methodologies used in the social and behavioral sciences. Students will learn to identify, describe and explain social institutions, structures or processes. These courses emphasize the effective application of accepted problem-solving techniques. Students will apply formal and informal qualitative or quantitative analysis to examine the processes and means by which individuals make personal and group decisions, as well as the evaluation of opinions, outcomes or human behavior. Students are expected to assess and analyze ethical perspectives in individual and societal decisions To support the General Education curriculum of the university, this course aims to familiarize you with macroeconomics in way that informs you as a citizen, developing your ability to think critically and to employ economic concepts to understand and describe the society in which we live. I will focus heavily on the distributional implications of different macroeconomic situations and public polices, constantly keeping an eye on how the situations of particular individuals or groups may be affected. While I will refrain from sharing my own personal views, I will facilitate an open debate in which we can explore ethical and judgment-based positions. This course will adopt the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that have been developed and adopted for the General Education curriculum: Content: Students demonstrate competence in the terminology, concepts, theories and methodologies used within the discipline.