Syllabus Econ 2100_Fall 2010

Syllabus Econ 2100_Fall 2010 - Economics 2100 Survey of...

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1 Economics 2100: Survey of Economics Fall 2010 Instructor: Dr. Vivek Ghosal Office: 224 Old CE Building Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:35-10:50AM in Room IC-103. Office hours: Thursdays 3-4PM and by appointment. The syllabus contains important details. It is your responsibility to be familiar with all the information provided here. This is a preliminary syllabus . I am likely to make some changes to the syllabus as we make progress during the semester. You will be informed of these changes via emails sent from GT’s T-square site. It is your responsibility to have your correct email address in Oscar. It is your responsibility to stay updated with class lectures and postings on the T-square site. It is your responsibility to make sure your email is working and the inbox is not full so that you can receive emails and attachments via T-square. Create a folder “Econ 2100 Fall 20 1 0” in your email account inbox to store all class emails sent from T-square; there will be lots of emails with announcements and handouts. Finally, the emails sent via T-Sqr will be sent only to the email on file with GT ; make sure GT has your correct email, as recorded in the Oscar account . I will only sent out emails via the class T-square site (which has your Oscar email address). Course Objectives The sequence of topics we will cover are as follows: 1. L earn the “Microeconomics” tools designed to help you understand the functioning of various markets (e.g., goods and services, labor, financial, environmental). 2. Examine selected economic policy issues (e.g., taxation, immigration, education, health, environmental regulation). 3. Briefly focus on some key “Macroeconomic” topics , such as: measuring GDP, business cycles, monetary policy (money supply, interest rates), fiscal policy (federal government revenues and expenditures, taxes), unemployment and inflation. We will very briefly examine the current macroeconomic events. Required Textbook Economics, Michael Parkin, 9 th edition, 2010 . Make sure you get the right book: the book has 31 chapters and 784 pages plus some additional material. The textbook contains information on internet resources regarding material, sample quizzes and test questions, etc. For the chapters we cover in class (noted below), it will be very important for you to follow the textbook closely and look through the online help items. (Other textbooks or older editions of this textbook should NOT be used as a substitute. The materials and the sequencing of materials in chapters change, and I cannot guarantee that you will be able to match contents of the older editions with the newer one.)
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2 Class Lectures and Attendance Attending class is important as I will deviate from the textbook material on many occasions. It is your responsibility to attend class and be current with the material. If you miss class and material from that class shows up on the test, good luck! By necessity, the class lectures will be quite condensed; you will have to rely on the textbook for details. The best strategy for you will be to take only the essential notes during class. I will post many of the class lecture slides on
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