ECONOMICS 1A INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS Dr. Mary Flannery Winter

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					ECONOMICS 1A
INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
Dr. Mary Flannery
Winter 2010

1. Course Description
   Macroeconomics is the study of economic behavior on a national scale. Key
   measures are income, employment, output, and inflation. In this course we will learn
   about these basic concepts in the context of the US economy. We will study fiscal
   and monetary policy as well as how the US economy interacts with the global
   economy.

2. Course Objective
   The objective of the course is to gain a robust understanding of the key principles of
   macroeconomics. This includes learning the determinants of economic growth,
   employment, and inflation. We will also learn how government fiscal and monetary
   policy influences the economy. Likewise, we will gain an understanding of how the
   domestic economy interacts with the global economy. Throughout the course, we
   will assess the current economic crisis.

3. Office and Office Hours
   432C 400 Building
   Tuesday/Thursday 10-11am or by appointment
   Phone: 477-3700 Ext. 1457
   Email: maflanne@cabrillo.edu (preferred way to contact me)

4. Text and Class Materials
   The textbook for this class is Brief Principles of Macroeconomics by Gregory
   Mankiw. Throughout the semester, I will post articles and other class materials at
   the class website, http://www.cabrillo.edu/~mflannery. Check here for information
   about the exams and class.

5. Grading
   Your grade will be based on three midterms, a paper, participation/articlesq and a
   final. The relative weights are: a cumulative final (30%), 3 midterms (25% each –
   drop the lowest score), a macroeconomic debate paper (10%), class participation and
   other assignments (10%). I will hand out guidelines on the paper later in the
   semester. The class participation/other assignment grades will be based on your
   active participation in class and completion of 3 of 4 possible article searches.


6. Honor Code
   I take the issue of cheating very seriously and adhere to Cabrillo College guidelines
   regarding the consequences of cheating and plagiarism. If you are concerned about
   instances of cheating that are not noticed by me, please bring them to my attention.