Other · Richards College of Business · Economics
- Fall 2021
- Section N01
- 3 Credits
- 08/11/2021 to 12/10/2021
- Modified 08/10/2021
The course covers the history, institutions, policy and theory of international economic relations.
ECON 2105 and ECON 2106 and Richards Col Upper Division RCUD
Instructor: Dr Salvador Lopez
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 678-839-4778
- M, W 8 am – 11 am
- Roy Richards Sr Hall. Room 337.
Online: BB Collaborate Instructor Room
Macro ECON by William McEachern, 4th Edition: Chapters 17-19.
Textbook Reference: Macro ECON by William McEachern, 4th Edition: Chapters 17-19 (copies available in D2L). The textbook is not required but you are encouraged to use any Economics textbook to review the sections on supply and demand, aggregated demand and aggregate supply, and monetary and fiscal policy.
The overall objective of this course is for you to learn basic economic concepts, specifically international trade/finance and open economy macroeconomics. To this end, upon completion, students should:
- Communicate effectively in oral presentations and writing, accomplished by extensive case studies in class (LG1), apply quantitative skills to analyze exchange rates, from the classical to the modern (LG6).
- Possess substantial knowledge of international economic concepts including exchange rates models, international banking and financial system, along with the EURO (LG 10) and apply knowledge of economic concepts to strategies for addressing public policy issues (LG11) and also demonstrate an ability to generate and interpret descriptive statistics, specifically in exchange rate forecasting (LG12).
- Note: A complete list of expected learning goals (LG) for the Economics Department can be found at the department website (westga.edu/~econ/outcomes.html).
The evaluation of this course is based on three tests, two quizzes, and two article analyses. Tests and quizzes in the course have to be taken on the specific dates shown in this syllabus. If you anticipate not being able to take a test on the dates shown in this syllabus, you should not take this course. Please do not request to take any test or quiz earlier or later than those dates. There will be no exceptions.
Very important: this course will open one module at a time. Once a test is taken, the next module will open and so on. Modules will not open earlier. Again, no exceptions.
Class Resources: there is a copy of each chapter as well as corresponding powerpoint slides. In addition, there are instructor videos for chapters 17 and 18 and complementary videos to help you understand the main topics of each chapter. All complementary material will be included on the tests.
Before taking each test, you should carefully study and watch every chapter and additional material, not just the slides. Same applies to quizzes from health-care videos. Watch them carefully before taking the corresponding quizzes.
Grade Distribution (strictly enforced):
Numerical Grade Letter Grade
The course will provide an overview of international economics topics including impact of monetary and fiscal policies on trade, trade between countries, trade disputes, exchange rates, and the role of international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO. Course emphasis is on current policy issues including health care systems, and the impact of the global economy on the business environment.
Tests and Quizzes
Each test consists of 33 multiple-choice questions covering every section in each chapter. There is only one attempt to take each test, so make sure to read each chapter carefully before taking it. Any questions or doubts you may have, please do not hesitate to contact me by email ([email protected]) or telephone (678-839-4778). The maximum time allowed for each one of these tests is one hour. The quizzes for the health care videos are shorter (15 questions) and the time allowed for each quiz is 30 minutes. At the beginning of each module (four total), you will see an announcement reminding you the material covered, the number of questions on the test or quiz and time allowed.
Article Summaries and Analyses
By the last day of classes, Friday, 12/3 (11:59 pm), you have to submit a summary and analysis of two current-news article. A list of articles will be provided in the corresponding module from which you will be randomly assigned two. For each article, you need to provide first a one-page, single space, summary (using your own words) of the article. The first page must contain the title of your article and your name. In a second page, also using single space, you need to explain how the article relates to two important concepts discussed in chapters 17-19. To facilitate grading, type the concepts using CAPITAL LETTERS. Each page should contain at least 250 words, not including title and name of student.
You need to upload the two pages as a Word document in the “assignments” section of the course (inside “assessments”). Type your name on the first page along with a title. Please upload your file using your own name. For example: “john smith summary.”
Evaluation of the article: quality of article used (10%), organization (10%), grammar and clarity of language (20%), quality of summary (20%), quality of analysis relating the article to two relevant class concepts (40%).
Important: two identical articles in either section (summary or relation to course concepts) will receive a zero grade. No excuses will be accepted. After running a Turnitin test, each summary should not contain more than 15% of content copied from the article itself or from any other external source. If the summary contains more than 15% copied content, your grade will be zero due to plagiarism.
Summary of Evaluation:
Activity/Assignment Percent of grade Dates ____________________________________________________________________
Test 1, Chapter 17 20% Available: 8/26 – 8/27
Test 2, Chapter 18 20% Available: 9/22 – 9/23
Test 3, Chapter 19 20% Available: 10/14 – 10/15
Quiz 1, Sick Around America 10% Available: 10/28 – 10/29
Quiz 2, Sick Around The World 10% Available: 11/18 – 11/19
Summary and analysis of article 1 10% Due by 12/3
Summary and analysis of article 2 10% Due by 12/3
There is no final exam
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