Spring 2023 - ECON 305 D100

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Class Number: 3133

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

    Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 with a minimum grade of C-; 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 enroll 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.


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


  • Lecture Participation/Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm Tests 30%
  • Final Exam 60%



Additional Materials are on the Canvas web page, including required readings and powerpoint outlines of each lecture, as well as lecture videos.
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.


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


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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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