Spring 2021 - ECON 305 D200

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Class Number: 4635

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 or 301, 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 103 and 105 at Simon Fraser University at their first attempt can complete ECON 305 concurrently with ECON 201 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to register on this basis must contact the undergraduate advisor in economics.



Concepts and methods of analysis of macroeconomic variables -- consumption, investment, government and foreign trade. Classical and Keynesian models compared; analysis of economic statics and dynamics. Quantitative.


Description: This course is an introduction to macroeconomic theory. We will learn about the theory of income, employment and prices under static and dynamic conditions. The main topics are: the theory of long-run GDP growth and development, the theory of short-run fluctuations in GDP and employment (business-cycles), and monetary theory. We will learn how to apply these theories to analyse economic policies. Applications of the theories to world income inequality and examples of  recent economic crises, as well as applications arising from the current Covid-19 crisis will also be included.

Topics: Static and Dynamic Models of the Economy, Unemployment, Economic Growth, Money and Business Cycles, Financial Markets

Required Technology:

Students must have access to a computer, webcam and microphone for exams. The lecture format will not be suitable for display on small phone screens. Students without access to the required technology, or without a reliable internet connection should not take this course.

Lectures will be conducted remotely, using Zoom. In-class quizzes will be conducted via Canvas. There will be a weekly office hour that will be conducted via Zoom meetings or by appointment. All other communication with the professor and teaching assistants will be via email.


  • Participation/quizzes 10%
  • Tutorial participation/quizzes 10%
  • 2 midterm tests 40%
  • Final exam 40%



Additional Materials the Canvas web page, including required readings and outlines of each lecture.

The publisher has provided an online study tool, called “Sapling”, so please check for package pricing at the online store at http://macmillan.com/. The on-line version of the textbook may  cheaper when purchased with Sapling. Note that Sapling is not required and marks obtained on Sapling will not affect your course grade. For more detailed instructions, see below.

Technology Support

Students can seek help from IT services for potential technology questions. Students who are registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning can expect to have continued support through the Center.

Sapling Instructions

1. Follow the Sapling Learning link from the Canvas course page.
* For initial registration, your Sapling Learning homework must be accessed through that link. After logging in once using this link, you can log in to subsequent sessions from your instructor's course page or from the Sapling home page.
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* Accept the terms of use and click “Sign Up”.
* Check your email for the confirmation link to complete your registration and return to the login page.
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4. You’ve been automatically enrolled into the appropriate homework course on Sapling Learning and will be directed to your course page.
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The following link includes more detailed instructions on how to register for your course: https://macmillan.force.com/macmillanlearning/s/article/Sapling-Learning-Student-Single-Sign-On 



Mankiw & Scarth, Macroeconomics, 6th Canadian edition. 2020 By . (The 5th edition is fine too.)


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).