ECONOMICS 103 - SPRING 2011 - Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Jean Shackelford
OFFICE HOURS: M 10-11; W 9-12 , Th 11-12. Others by appointment (Coleman 165)
ADDRESSES: e-mail: jshackel@bucknell.edu, phone: X- 73441


REQUIRED TEXTS and NEWSPAPER:

COURSE OUTLINE & READING ASSIGNMENTS: | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL

Part I - Economic Methodology, History and the Development of Modern Economic Thought

January 20
Economics as a Social Science (Ch. 1, RSSS)
Recent Economic Data
Education Data
Essay I -| Writing Resources

Week of January 25-27
Econmics as a Social Science, continued (Ch. 1, RSSS); The Evolution of Economic System, (Ch. 2, RSSS); Howard Zinn, A People's History of the
United States
, Chapter 1-- (Blackboard - course materials)
Paradigms
Power of the Market - Part 1 (YouTube video) - Free to Choose Pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3N2sNnGwa4 (first 28 minutes)
The Evolution of Economic System, cont. (Ch. 2, RSSS); Property, Adam Smith, and the Division of Labor and (Ch. 3, RSSS)

Week of February 1-3
The Rise and Fall of Laissez Faire (Ch 5, RSSS)
The Overspent American
The Marxian Critique of Capitalism (Ch. 4, RSSS)

PART II - Microeconomics

Week of February 8-10
Assumptions about markets (Ch , RSSS) & The Rise and Fall of Laissez Faire (Ch 5 to p. 70, RSSS)
WEDNESDAY 4 OR 7 CLASS- Professor Shackelford (Room to be announced) - Scarcity: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (Ch 6, RSSS)
Theory of Markets (Ch. 7, RSSS)
Essay II - Writing Assignment; 3 supply and demand articles; Writing Resources

Week of February 15-17
Perfect Competition and Efficiency (Ch. 8, RSSS)
Taken for a Ride (YouTube video)
Noncompetitive Markets and Inefficiency (Ch. 9, RSSS)

Week of February 22-24
Noncompetitive Markets, continued
EXAMINATION - 7:00 PM - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23)
Resource Markets and the Distribution of Income (Ch. 10, RSSS )

Week of March 1-3
Resource Markets and the Distribution of Income, cont. (Ch. 10, RSSS ); The Corporation & Labor Unions (Ch. 11, RSSS)
Megamall
The Corporation & Labor Unions, cont. (Ch. 11, RSSS)

Week of March 8-10
The Economic Role of Government (Ch. 12, RSSS)
Blind Spot
The Economic Role of Government, cont. (Ch. 12, RSSS); Thinking Critically: Explorations in Microeconomics

SPRING BREAK - March 12-20


PART III - Macroeconomics

Week of March 22-24
Macroeconomics Issues and Problems (Ch. 13, RSSS)
If Women Counted: Sex Lies and Global Economics
Macroeconomic Theory: Classical and Keynesian Models (Ch. 14, RSSS)


Week of March 29-31
The Keynesian System (Ch. 14, RSSS)
Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
Fiscal Policy: Government Spending and Taxation (Chapter 15, RSSS)

Week of April 5-7
Financial Markets, Money, and Monetary Policy ( Ch. 16, RSSS)
EXAMINATION - APRIL 6 - - 7:00 PM
Financial Markets, continued (Ch. 16, RSSS)

Week of April 12-14
Budgets, debt and deficits and Monetary Policy (Ch. 16, RSSS)
Robert Westcott, "America's Financial Metldown and the Great Recession of 2008-09: Causes, Lessons, and What Happens Next?
Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply (Ch. 17, RSSS)
WRITING ASSIGNMENT 3

Essay III -- Writing Resources

Week of April 19-21
Unemployment, Inflation and Stabilization Policy (Ch. 18, RSSS)
Inside Job
International Trade and Interdependence (Ch. 19, RSSS)

PART IV - International Economics

Week of April 26-28
International Trade, cont. (Ch. 19, RSSS)
Life and Debt
International Finance (Ch. 20, RSSS)

Week of May 3
International Finance, cont. (Ch. 20, RSSS)


FINAL EXAMINATION - - TBA

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to Nancy Folbre and Bob Dworak for permission to use the animation, "The Transformation Problem," at the top of the page. Animation developed by the Dancing Monkey Project: C/O WebMonkey, folbre@econs.umass.edu

Last updated, January 2011--please contact Jean Shackelford, Department of Economics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.