Fall 2022 - ECON 102 D100

The World Economy (3)

Class Number: 4046

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 3520, Burnaby



An overview of the broad economic trends in the development of the world economy over the last five decades with reference to the major debates related to economic interdependence, development and growth, globalization, and the role of the major multilateral economic institutions (IMF, World Bank, OCED, ILO, UN). (lecture/tutorial) Breadth-Social Sciences.



This breadth course covers topic 1 and either topic 2 or 3:

  • Globalization: The invention of the steam engine and computers had large impacts on globalization. Tomorrow the same is likely to be true with artificial intelligence. Understanding the different phases of globalization provides insights about why some countries became rich and others became poor, how information technology fundamentally changed globalization and why today globalization faces both threats and opportunities.
  • The future of work: today there are plenty of opportunities for jobs despite technological threats that have predicted to eliminate the role of workers in many activities. We’ll review how technology has been shaping jobs and the labor force in the recent past and how artificial intelligence is likely to shape work in the future.
  • Environmental adjustments and economic activities: There is an acceleration of environmental commitments both public and private. Most recognize the necessity of moving away from a carbon economy but many fear for their jobs while others see growth and opportunities. This part reviews the economic issues associated with environmental adjustments.


This course provides a simple introduction to two big issues that are shaping the world economy and, along with it, to basic economic concepts that are useful to understand them. This course is useful and relevant to all SFU students looking for a deeper understanding of the world economy.




There will be at least one midterm, a final exam and in-class participation and questions. The precise grading scheme will be announced during the first week of classes.



There is no required textbook for this course and no weekly tutorial. The relevant material will be in the form of online readings, podcasts and videos.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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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