San Antonio College
Political Science and Economics
Chance Academic Center - 317-C
Principles of Macroeconomics
Lec. Hrs. per wk:
Lab. Hrs. per wk:
This course focuses on economic analysis of the economy as a whole. Topics covered include the determination of aggregate
income and employment, fiscal policy, operation of the monetary system, short-term income fluctuations, long-term income
growth, the role of government, and problems of international trade and finance.
Course Description (e-catalog):
Writing Basic Skills Prerequisite: ENGL 0300
Reading Basic Skills Prerequisite: READ 0303
Math Basic Skills Prerequisite: MATH 0301
PREREQUISITES, CO-REQUISITES and OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Tucker's MacroEconomics for Today, 5th, 6th, or 7th edition
Computer access for research, class study aids and discussion posting
(computer access available in the SLAC Lab, MLC 7th floor)
Orientation - Tuesday, March 20,2012, 5 - 6:30 pm SLAC Lab
10 bonus points
Irwin Tucker’s MacroEconomics for Today
5th edition 9780324407990
6th edition 9780324591378
7th edition 9780538469456
TEXTBOOKS (including ISBN#) and REQUIRED MATERIALS/RECOMMENDED READING:
Welcome to the exciting and ever-changing world of macroeconomics! Through this course, you will learn the principles of
macroeconomics by Irvin Tucker. Whether you are taking this course in person, blended, online or in the Flex format, you will be
expected to complete all assignments, quizzes and exams on time.
Macro Economics consists of the analysis and policy procedures concerning the aggregate economy.
This is examined in
terms of government entities on the national, state or city level.
The ultimate objective is to understand the basic theories of
Fiscal and Monetary policy in a democratic society operating with competitive markets.
In order to understand the assumptions and methodology, the class first exams free markets where the interaction of
consumers and products made from limited resources determine price and output levels.
The second step is to understand
how the status of the economy (the business cycle) is measured via productivity (output, known as GDP), employment and
A national income accounting model is studied to understand where, how and to what degree government
should intervene to stimulate or slowdown economic growth.
This would be done with Fiscal or Monetary Policy or both. The
strengths and weaknesses of these policies are closely examined.
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