Ec 101 Syllabus for Fall, 2009

Ec 101 Syllabus for Fall, 2009 - 1EC 101 Sections C1 and D1...

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Professor: Bruce Watson [email protected] Lectures: Section C1 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 Section D1 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 – Noon Morse Auditorium Office: Room 537 in the Economics Dept., 270 Bay State Road Office Hrs: Thursdays 1:30 3:00 PM Fridays Noon -- 1:30 PM Blackboard Site: Note: The economics department staffs a “TF Principles Center” in Room B17 (in the basement) of the Economics Department, 270 Bay State Road. A TF will ordinarily be there Mon. – Fri. from 9 to 5. It is best if you can go whenever one of the six TFs listed below is “on duty”; they are terrific and obviously are most knowledgeable about exactly what our class is covering. Their names are: Henry Mak [email protected] Guillem Riambau [email protected] Francisco Pina [email protected] Evan Gee [email protected] Eyno Rots [email protected] However, if you cannot make it when they are available, you can go to the Principles Center any time from 9 to 5 and get some help. Sections are designed to review material presented in lecture, to go over example problems, and to prepare you for exams. They meet at specific times with your assigned TF. Sections in this course are strictly optional . However, you will find it greatly to your advantage to attend. We are very fortunate to have six fantastic section leaders, and I’m sure their sections will be very helpful to you. 1EC 101, Sections C1 and D1 Boston University Introductory Microeconomic Analysis Fall, 2009
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SYLLABUS This course provides an introduction to current economic issues and to basic economic principles and methods. The economist John Maynard Keynes wrote that "the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood." Economics is not primarily a set of answers, but rather a method of reasoning. By the end of the semester, you will be able to use the analysis practiced in the course to form your own judgments about many of the major economic problems faced by the United States and other countries. In particular, we will focus this semester on "microeconomics," which is the study of the interaction of people and firms in markets. Since we live in a market economy, this study will help you to understand how American society organizes its economic affairs. We will examine how the forces of supply and demand operate in the markets for goods, labor and capital. Theories concerning firm behavior will be examined—how companies decide how much to produce, and how to produce it. Once we have mastered some basic techniques for thinking about economic problems, we will apply those techniques to such important social issues as pollution, poverty, income distribution, and international trade. Course Requirements
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