Macroeconomic Policy Online economics course | Arts and Science ONLINE

Macroeconomic Policy

ECON 223/3.0

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. 

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes


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.


Macroeconomic Policy

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

  1. The Role of Government vis-à-vis the Market 
  2. Money and Inflation
  3. Aggregate Supply and Aggregate Demand
  4. Fiscal Stimulus
  5. Government Budgets
  6. Central Banking
  7. Business Cycles
  8. Exchange Rates and Currency
  9. Unions
  10. International Trade


Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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