EC102 Course Syllabus

EC102 Course Syllabus - 1EC 102, Sections AA & BB...

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Professor: Bruce Watson bdwatson@bu.edu Lectures: Section AA Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 – 11:50 Section BB Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Noon – 12:50 SMG 105 (Mondays, Wednesdays) Morse Auditorium (Fridays) Office: Room 537 in the Economics Dept., 270 Bay State Road Office Hrs: Tuesdays 3 – 5 (starting Sept. 14) Wednesdays 1 – 3 (starting Sept. 15) Blackboard Site: http://blackboard.bu.edu/ TFs and Sections: 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 6. It is best if you can go whenever one of the TFs assigned to our class is “on duty”; they are terrific and are obviously the most knowledgeable about exactly what our class is covering. The office hours for our TFs are as follows: However, if you cannot make it when one of our TFs is available, you can go to the Principles Center any time from 9 to 6 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 optional . However, you will find it greatly to your advantage to attend. We are very fortunate to have fantastic TFs, and I’m sure their sections will be very helpful to you. 1EC 102, Sections AA & BB Boston University Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis Fall, 2010 Baker, Olesya M, 9-11; T, 3-4 Baumann, BrittanyTh, 2-3:30; F, 2:30-4 Draine, Alexander M, 3-5 Ngo, Phuong Th, 12-3 Satir, Yasemin M, 1-2; W, 12:30-1:30 Shi, Ju Wang, Chun-Kai M, 5-6; F, 1-2
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SYLLABUS This course provides an introduction to current economic issues and to basic macroeconomic 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. Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole. We start with the three key macro variables: GDP, inflation and unemployment. We go on to study economic growth, financial markets, business cycles, and the impact government can have on the economy through monetary and fiscal policy. Along the way, we will cover such topics as interest rates, investment, the exchange rate, and international trade. Course Requirements Exams There will be three multiple choice exams given in the course—two midterms and a final. The dates of the exams are:
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EC102 Course Syllabus - 1EC 102, Sections AA & BB...

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