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Current topics in macroeconomic policy which may include: unemployment and policies to reduce it, government budget deficits, supply-side controversies, financial deregulation, policy coordination, and management of exchange rates. Comparison of policies in Canada, the United States, and other OECD countries.
In this course we will attempt to get an intuitive grasp of how an economy works and how an economy can be influenced by government. It covers 10 major topics, with reference to events in North America and around the world.
Essentials for any Economy
The Role of Government vis-à-vis the Market Money and Inflation Aggregate Supply and Aggregate Demand Fiscal Stimulus Government Budgets Central Banking Business Cycles Exchange Rates and Currency Unions International Trade.
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**Subject to change**
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the essential features of a macroeconomy and to diagnose its problems;
- Describe how savings and trade contribute to economic growth;
- Explain how governments use fiscal policy to stabilize an economy or boost its growth;
- Explain how governments use macroeconomic policy to stabilize an economy;
- Describe how exchange rates are managed, and the pros and cons of various exchange rate choices;
- Define Keynesian and Austrian views of how a business cycle is generated and how to respond to a business cycle;
- Describe how economists and politicians have steered economies in either more Keynesian or more Austrian directions;
- Describe recent macroeconomic events in Japan, Europe and North America, as well as whatever breaking news events there may be.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website athttp://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Students will obtain their lesson notes, assignments, and any supplementary material from the course Moodle site beginning the first day of term.
The online textbook for the course will be available on Moodle.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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How does this affect my academics?
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.