Spring 2022 - ECON 220W D200

Communication in Economics (4)

Class Number: 3800

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 4140, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 with a minimum grade of C-, minimum 30 units and no more than 80 units.



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. This includes graph analysis, article summary, writing op-eds, reading responses, essays, reports and oral presentation.

  1. Academic literacy skills applied in economics (graph analysis, Op-Eds, essay writing, reading responses, summary report writing)
  2. Appropriate referencing based on APA style-guide
  3. Oral communication skills for economists
  4. Understanding key economics jargons and concepts
  5. Professional engagement in debates, discussions, newscasts about current economics topics.

Course delivery and attendance requirements: The course will be taught in person. Attendance will be required for some tutorials and for examinations. Communication will happen through canvas.


  • Assignments (6) 60%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Term Exam 15%
  • Participation 10%



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 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:


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 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.