Fall 2021 - ECON 302 D100

Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)

Class Number: 2751

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

    We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 or 301, with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units.



Aspects of microeconomic theory concerned with strategic behavior, imperfect information, and market failure. Topics include game theory and oligopoly; uncertainty and insurance; asymmetric information and market power, externalities and public goods, together with related issues in welfare economics. Quantitative.


This course will introduce students to game theory, an essential part of an economist’s toolbox for studying strategic behavior. It has wide applications in all branches of economics, as well as other disciplines such as political science, biology, and psychology. Related topics covered include choice under uncertainty, market power and information economics; externalities will also be studied.

**This course is reserved for students declared in the ECON major only.


  • Continuous assessment (problem sets and possibly participation) 20%
  • Writing exercise 10%
  • Midterm 26%
  • Final 44%


All percentages above are rounded. An alternative grading scheme where the weight on the continuous assessment is proportionally distributed to the midterm and final is applied in the rare cases where it improves the overall score.





Any one (or more) of the following (any edition is fine):

- Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus, W.W. Norton.

- Perloff, Microeconomics: Theory and Applications with Calculus, Pearson.

- Besanko and Braeutigam, Microeconomics, Wiley.

- Goolsbee, Levitt and Syverson, Microeconomics, Worth Publishers.

- Eaton, Eaton and Allen, Microeconomics, Pearson Canada.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Final exam schedules will be released during the second month of classes. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the entire final exam period until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.