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     2021 年度 後期  経済学部 経済学科(昼間コース) 日英区分 :英語 
  
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Economics
  
ナンバリング 科目分野
EA2005   経済学部専門科目
担当教員(ローマ字表記)
  Timothy B.Bolt [Timothy, B.Bolt]
対象学生 対象年次 単位数
  1~4 2
必修・指定選択・選択の別 曜日時限 教室
  金1〜2 経-B201
科目群 講義番号
  A02150
クラス指定  
This course is a basic introduction to Economics taught in the English language. We will cover basic topics in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. This course will introduce you to the main tools, theories and models used in economic analysis. It will also introduce the main conclusions and policy implications of these as well.
** Class format will be based on the Coronavirus State of Emergency status and the Covid-19 Pandemic precautions on campus. This will likely be taught On-Demand. **
In any case, weekly Office Hours and a review session will be available by Zoom.
 
他との関連(関連項目)  
none
 
履修条件(授業に必要な既修得科目または前提知識)  
none
 
テーマ・副題  
introduction to the basics of economic analysis and core economic models
 
授業科目の到達目標  
basic understanding of core concepts of Economics
 
学科・専修等の学習・教育目標との関連  
This is a basic Economic theory and application course intended to introduce core microeconomic & macroeconomic models which will prepare students for more specialised courses within Economics.
 
授業キーワード  
Economics; Microeconomics; Macroeconomics; Economic Efficiency; Welfare Analysis; Market Structure; Public Policy; Growth; Inflation; Employment
 
授業の内容  
Coverage of basic topics in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
 
授業の方法・事前準備学修・事後展開学修  
This course uses required weekly lectures and also reading of the digital PDF textbook. (Using alternative textbooks is also possible because most topics are common to all textbooks.)
This semester, the class will be delivered via online teaching as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak and University Guidelines.
The current plan is for grades to be based on two exams and a class participation score. (A short mid-term exam & a longer final exam at the end of the term. These are compulsory.
 
授業展開(スケジュール)  
Week 1a: Introduction; Using ‘models’ in Economics. (CI_Mi ch.1&2; OSC ch.1&2)
Week 1b: PPF model; Markets, Demand & Supply; Elasticity (CI_Mi ch.3; OSC ch.3)
Week 1~2: Market Responsiveness, Elasticity; Welfare Analysis (CI_Mi ch.4,5; OSC ch.5)
Week 2a: Consumer Choice: Preferences & Demand (CI_Mi ch.6; OSC ch.6)
Week 2b: Producer Choice: Production and Costs; Optimisation (CI_Mi ch.7; OSC ch.7)
Week 3a: Market Structure: Perfect Competition (CI_Mi ch9; OSC ch.8)
Week 3b: Market Structure: Monopolies (CI_Mi ch.10; OSC ch.9)
Week 4a: Market Structure: Oligopolies (CI_Mi ch.11; OSC ch.10)
Week 4b: Catch-up, Discussion & Review
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Week 5a: Microeconomics MID-TERM / Macroeconomics: GDP & key macroeconomics variables (CI_Ma ch.4; OSC ch.19-20)
Week 5b: Business Cycles, Unemployment & Inflation (CI_Ma ch.5; OSC ch.21-22)
Week 5b: Aggregate Supply – Aggregate Demand Model (ch.6&7&11; OSC ch.24)
Week 6a: Fiscal Policy Intervention (CI_Ma ch.11; OSC ch.30-31)
Week 6b: Monetary policy; Stability, Prices & Inflation (CI_Ma ch.8&10; OSC ch.27-28)
Week 7a: Financial Crisis: Different perspectives Keynes, Hayek, Minsky, Kindleberger
Week 7b: Open Economy: Adding trade.
Week 8a: REVIEW SESSION (via Zoom)
Week 8b: FINAL EXAM
 
授業の詳細(履修登録学生のみ閲覧可)  
WebClassへ
 
成績評価方法  
40% - Final Exam covering the entire course. (Wk8)
20% - Mid-term Short Exam. (Wk5)
40% - Participation & mini-quizzes (WebClass)
 
成績評価基準  
Passing is based on demonstrating that you understand the covered theories / models and can explain the policy implications of these. You must understand the course content sufficiently to continue onto further Economics courses.
 
テキスト  
教科書1 ISBN
書名 Principles of Microeconomics
著者名 Curtis; Irvine 出版社 Lyryx 出版年 2020
備考 FREE DOWNLOADS: https://lyryx.com/subjects/economics/principles-of-microeconomics/
教科書2 ISBN
書名 Principles of Macroeconomics
著者名 Curtis; Irvine 出版社 Lyryx 出版年 2020
備考 FREE DOWNLOADS: https://lyryx.com/subjects/economics/principles-of-macroeconomics/
教科書3 ISBN 978-1-938168-2
書名 Principles of Economics 2e
著者名 OpenStax College 出版社 OpenStax College 出版年 2017
備考 FREE DOWNLOAD: https://openstax.org/details/books/principles-economics-2e
教科書4 ISBN 978-1-4533-649
書名 Principles of Economics, v. 2.1
著者名 Rittenberg; Tregarthen 出版社 Flat World Education, Inc. 出版年 2014
備考 FREE DOWNLOAD: http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/catalog/editions/rittenecon_2_1-principles-of-economics-2-1
備考 The concepts we cover are very common to basic Economics textbooks in any language. Except for the final lectures (7b), you are able to find all topics fully covered in most standards Economics textbooks.
I will be recommending and referencing two freely downloadable textbooks:

CI: Curtis & Irvine: (2017)
“Principles of Microeconomics”
“Principles of Macroeconomics”
https://lyryx.com/subjects/economics/

OSC: OpenStax College (2014) “Principles of Economics” [Primary author: Taylor, et al.]
http://OpenStaxCollege.org/textbooks/principles-of-economics
 
参考図書  
備考 The recommended textbooks are simple, core Economics textbooks available for free download.
The topics covered are standard for an introductory Economics course and hence it is expected that any decent textbook and internet search will be able to provide supplemental explanations of the material in English or the student's preferred language.
 
学生へのメッセージ  
This is an introduction to the principles and tools of Economics taught entirely in English. This course will focus on theory using graphical representations of the topics.
I understand that this semester the classes will be especially challenging with the Corona Virus concerns and not meeting on campus in the same way as usual. I will remain available in ONLINE OFFICE HOURS and by EMAIL.
 
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連絡先(電話番号)  
048-858-3338
 
連絡先(メールアドレス)  
tbolt@mail.saitama-u.ac.jp
 
オフィスアワー  
Friday, 13:00-14:00 or by email request other times.
Office hours will be conducted by Zoom Meeting.
(If a return to campus, then: Room 515 in Faculty of Economics Research Building)
 
連絡先(ホームページ、その他)  
http://timothybolt.com/pg/teaching/
 
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