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ECON 203 - Principles of Economics I

An introduction to the Canadian economy and to concepts and tools that can help us understand how the economy works and the roles that we play in it. This course will examine economic goals, activities, structures and institutions; tools for making economic decisions; markets and market failures; economic measurement; economic fluctuations; growth and development; and globalization.

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ECON 204 - Principles of Economics II

This course deepens students' understanding of the ideas introduced in ECON 203 by examining the theoretical models that economists use to analyze specific economic issues. These include theories of production, consumption, and markets; macroeconomic models related to recessions, unemployment, and inflation; government monetary and fiscal policies; and international trade theory.

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ECON 300 - Introduction to Canadian Political Economy

This course will examine the relationship(s) between economics and politics, both as practice and theory. Central to this is the appropriate role of government in the economic life of Canadian (and other) society. The present controversies on these issues will be investigated and discussed, as well as their origins. It will be argued that the general course of economic and other development in rich and poor countries (including Canada) is decisively influenced by views taken on this issue; that various options for the future present themselves, and that options for change in political economy are linked to and will be resolved on the basis of fundamental/religious perspectives.

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ECON 301 - International Political Economy

Analysis of the conflicting viewpoints that influence International Political Economy (IPE); tracing the structure and changing form of IPE in trade, finance, technology and information flows; analysing and evaluating the tension between states and international markets; examining the dynamics and impact of international centres of political-economic power on regions of the world that are small and vulnerable; investigation of the role of large corporations in the global political economy. Attention will also be given to the impact of the IPE on policies in Canada. Descriptive and evaluative data will be included and examined throughout.

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ECON 309 - Intermediate Applied Microeconomic Theory

Expansion and deeper examination of the major microeconomic theories, including those related to consumer behaviour, production, market structures, and market failures. The role that these theories have played in the development of Canadian economic policies and goals will be a major focus of the course. Descriptive and evaluative data on the Canadian situation will be examined throughout.

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ECON 310 - Intermediate Applied Macroeconomic Theory

Expansion and deeper examination of the macroeconomic theoretical models for the functioning of an open macroeconomy, like that of Canada. This will include models that produce calculable estimates of the main macroeconomic variables, such as total output, the general price level and inflation, levels of employment, and causes and impact of fluctuations in the economy's performance. Descriptive and evaluative data on the Canadian situation will be included and examined throughout.

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ECON 315 - Ecological Economics

This course will focus on a number of aspects of the relationship between economics and the environment, including: determining the nature of and need for sustainability in economic processes; examining the linkages between development and the environment; examining the causes of and policy responses to resource and environmental degradation; introducing ways to measure the environmental impact of economic processes; and examining international and transfrontier environmental issues.

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ECON 325 - The Economics of Development

This course identifies the nature and causes of the development and underdevelopment of countries and regions, emphasizing the poor. It explores development as a multi-dimensional process of change that happens in the context of social, political, technical and cultural conditions. The focus here is how economics relates to most of these. An overview of main theories (including how they arose historically) will be given and the main current issues in development will be reviewed. Development policies in poor countries and regions as well as international efforts to assist in their development, will round off the course.

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ECON 330 - Behind the Market: Property, Value, Exchange

This course explores different understandings of the nature of and possibilities for wisely using markets by examining different approaches to some of its fundamental structures, viz. private property, value and exchange. In particular, this course seeks to "get behind" the taken-for-granted meanings of these phenomena and to question their constitutive and normative bases. It will ask such questions as: what does it mean to own something? What is the foundation of value? How do exchange relations relate to other human activities?

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ECON 331 - History of Economic Thought

This course explores ideas and theories about economic life that have been developed from ancient times to the present, including (but not limited to) those of the major economic thinkers from Adam Smith onwards. These ideas will be analyzed in light of the economic, political, social and intellectual contexts that helped to shape them. By investigating this historical development, we will gain a better understanding of how current approaches to economics and economic policy-making came to be.

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ECON 399 - Special Topics in Economics

A course on a topic or field of special interest to a member of the economics faculty and offered on a non-recurring basis.

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ECON 461 - Opportunities and Issues in Globalization

This course creates awareness of the nature, development and implications of the powerful spread of trade and finance flows across the modern world. It analyses the positive and negative aspects of globalization and alerts students to the opportunities for responsible extension of economic activities (trade in particular) to countries, regions and parts of the world very different from Canada. The ethical, developmental and environmental dimensions of globalization will be integrated with the business aspects and options. Same as BUSI 461

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ECON 499 - Directed Studies in Economics

This course is designed to provide individual students with an opportunity to conduct supervised reading and research on a topic of the student's choice in consultation with a member of the economics teaching faculty. Student work in this course will be with a faculty member on a tutorial basis. Students must apply in advance to teaching faculty in economics for this course.

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  • Agricultural Economics
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  • International Affairs and Foreign Trade
  • Investment Analysis
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