Spring 2021 - ECON 220W D100

Communication in Economics (4)

Class Number: 4438

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201, minimum 30 units and no more than 80 units. This course is only open to approved Economics majors/joint majors/honours/joint honours/extended minor students.



Examine and review today's global economy through critical analysis of differing perspectives. Develop techniques and strategies for clear and effective written and oral communication of economic ideas. Improve critical and analytical thinking via the application of core principles to news stories or other economic data in writing and presentations. Writing.


The goal of this course is to improve students’ reading comprehension, oral and written expression skills in the field of Economics. The focus will be on analyzing economic graphs, summarizing articles, writing op-eds, writing critiques and reading responses, writing argumentative and comparative essays, and making presentations as economists.


  1. Applying academic literacy skills to write in different genres relevant to the field of economics (graph analysis, Op-Eds, essay writing, reading responses, summary reports);
  2. Using APA style-guide in referencing;
  3. Making presentations on subjects related to economics;
  4. Communicating knowledge of key economics jargons and concepts;
  5. Engaging in professional debates and discussions about current economics topics.


  • Six assignments (10% each) 60%
  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Final report 15%
  • Participation 10%



Technology requirements: All material will be posted on Canvas, and lectures will be given (and recorded) on Blackboard Collaborate. A high-speed internet connection is needed with a microphone and a camera. Lectures and tutorials are delivered synchronously through Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom. Synchronous attendance is required for some lectures, tutorials and assignments.


Downloadable articles all available through SFU library and Canvas.

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 in February. This will allow students to avoid enrollment conflicts, and will significantly reduce instances of exam hardship. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the final exam period of April 14 - 26 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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).