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DETAILED COURSE DESRIPTION
Objective of this Course
A cursory perusal of any newspaper will provide you with a wealth of topics that require a
basic appreciation of macroeconomics: deflation risk, quantitative easing, asset bubbles,
bailouts, sovereign debt, youth unemployment, economic growth and climate change – the
list is endless.
The objective of this course is to focus on developing a general model of the economy that
will allow you to understand and critique current economic phenomena. Understanding
economic growth, inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, these are all
invaluable tools for a contributing member of society.
Goal of this Course
I hope that you will kindle your joy of learning, questioning and challenging.
You may need to discard your preconceptions, wipe your slate clean, and develop a
heightened sense of confident doubting.
I expect that you will develop skills for reading unfamiliar material, then analyzing,
synthesizing and evaluating what you have read in an effective and creative manner. I will
steer you in the right direction; but, the driving is up to you. You can only learn these skills
with practice. Economics is the springboard to critical thinking.
You may find this learning process foreign and a bit unsettling at first, but the learning is in
the journey. I expect you to learn how to learn.
There are statutory holidays that may affect our lectures or tutorials:
• Thanksgiving Day 8 October Monday
• Remembrance Day 12 November Monday
1. gBook: Gateman, R., MicroEconomics September 2018 (this edition is about
20% updated from the last edition).
2. Text and Studyguide: Gateman, R., MicroEconomics September 2018 15th ed.,
PearsonEd, Toronto, 2007.
3. MyEconLab MEL: comes with the “package”.