ECONOMICS 221 -01 -02
ORGANIZATION OF THE COURSE:
READING The New York Times or Wall Street Journal or Financial Times daily is important to your success in the course and in understanding how monetary theory and policy are practiced in the real world. I am asking you to subscribe to and read a daily paper because I believe that it's important to know and understand how financial markets influence and are influenced by local, national and global events. We know from experience that it's easier to learn and to retain economic ideas and concepts if they are reinforced with real examples. Reading these papers during the semester will reinforce the ideas we develop and provide us with numerous opportunities to integrate the theory and reality of financial markets. Please write your reflections on these articles in your Journal.
If you would like to create your own "on line" newspaper that encompasses both the New York Times and the Financial Times, you can access, you may do so with CRAYON. (This program was developed by a couple of BU engineering students.)
From time to time I may ask you to check out current economic statistics a number of which are linked on the Resources page. There are several good collections of economic data.
• Please make sure that you leave your dorm room early enough to arrive in class on time.
• Make sure that you are prepared to remain in class for the full period. It is disruptive for me and the rest of the class when someone wanders in and out of class after ithas begun. (Certainly, if you find yourself in the middle of a coughing fit, please feel free to go get a drink of water, otherwise, please wait until class is over.)
• Turn off your cell phone prior to entering the classroom
Your class participation will be evaluated in the standards stated in your syllabus and appended below. Remember, you cannot participate if you do not attend class
A 4.0 Excellent. Perfect attendance. Always well prepared. Contributes actively in almost all sessions, in making contributions and in reacting to those of others.
B 3.0 Good. Only missed two or three class/sessions. Almost always came well prepared. Usually contributed actively, both in making contributions and reacting to others.
C 2.0 Satisfactory. Attendance at least 80%. Usually came prepared. Contributed actively in about half of the sessions.
D 1.0 Unsatisfactory. Attendance at least 70%. Prepared about half of the time. Contributed actively in at least 20% of our sessions.