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Department of Economics | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2020

Economics Major

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Program admission is limited. Entry is via a formal department application. Students may apply for admission to a program once 30 units have been completed, ECON 201 is completed with at least a C- grade, and the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is met and the ECON program GPA is met.

The department announces the minimum CGPA below which students will not normally be considered for admission to its programs.

Applications with appropriate documentation should be filed with the departmental advisor. Students not accepted upon initial application may reapply.

Continuation in Program

To continue in an economics program, students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Course Information

For a course to fulfil a prerequisite, or for a required course to be accepted in a student’s economics program, a grade of C- or higher must be obtained.

Access to ECON 402, 403, 435 and 499W is restricted to students who have excelled in their studies (see ECON course descriptions). These advanced courses are recommended for students wishing to pursue more challenging work or who plan to complete an additional degree.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

All major students must meet BA degree requirements as described in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences section.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete the following with at least a C- grade in each course prior to program admission.

ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value, price and costs, factor analysis, productivity, labor organization, competition and monopoly, and the theory of the firm. Students with credit for ECON 200 cannot take ECON 103 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Junjie Liu
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D106 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D107 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D108 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D110 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D111 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D112 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D113 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D114 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D116 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D900 Seong Choi
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 2016, Surrey
SRYE 2016, Surrey
ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

The principal elements of theory concerning money and income, distribution, social accounts, public finance, international trade, comparative systems, and development and growth. Students with credit for ECON 205 cannot take ECON 105 for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Soc.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D109 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D110 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D111 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D112 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D113 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D114 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D900 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYE 2016, Surrey
SRYE 2016, Surrey
ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior (4)

Aspects of microeconomic theory involving competitive markets. Topics include the behavior of households and firms, partial equilibrium analysis of product and factor markets, and general equilibrium. Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 105; MATH 157. Students with credit for ECON 301 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Josh Boitnott
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D107 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D109 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D110 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D111 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D112 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
MATH 157 - Calculus I for the Social Sciences (3)

Designed for students specializing in business or the social sciences. Topics include: limits, growth rate and the derivative; logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions and their application to business, economics, optimization and approximation methods; introduction to functions of several variables with emphasis on partial derivatives and extrema. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least C, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 151 or 154 may not take MATH 157 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Justin Chan
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

Students must also complete all of

BUS 232 - Data and Decisions I (4)

An introduction to business statistics with a heavy emphasis on applications and the use of EXCEL. Students will be required to use statistical applications to solve business problems. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with BUS 232. Students with credit for BUEC 232 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nathaniel Payne
Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D200 Nathaniel Payne
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
OP01 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP02 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP04 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP05 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
ECON 220W - Communication in Economics (4)

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. Prerequisite: 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. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Greg Harder
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D200 Greg Harder
We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D201 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D202 We, Fr 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D300 Greg Harder
Mo, We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D301 Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D302 Mo, We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby

one additional 200 division ECON course

Students who earn a grade of A- or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in ECON 201 are exempt from the requirement of one additional 200 division ECON course. These students should see Early Access to Upper Division Courses below for additional program information.

Upper Division Requirements

Normally, major students will include 45 upper division units in their last 60 units of work that is counted towards the degree.

At least 30 upper division units in economics is required, including

ECON 302 - Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)

Aspects of microeconomic theory concerned with strategic behavior, imperfect information, and market failure. Topics include game theory and oligopoly; uncertainty and insurance; asymmetric information and market power, externalities and public goods, together with related issues in welfare economics. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301; 60 Units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anke Kessler
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D102 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D106 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D107 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D109 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D110 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
ECON 305 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

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. Prerequisite: 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. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Boxi Yang
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D102 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D106 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D200 Farouk Abdul-Salam
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D201 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D202 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D203 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D204 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D205 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D206 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economic Data (4)

An introduction to the use and interpretation of statistical analysis in the context of data typical of economic applications. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200; ECON 105 or 205; BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270; MATH 157; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 can take ECON 333 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll based on their BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 grade must contact the Undergraduate Advisor in Economics. Students with credit for BUEC 333 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D107 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D109 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D110 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

and at least one 400 division ECON course (excluding ECON 402, 403, 431 and 435).

Early Access to Upper Division Courses

Students normally cannot enter ECON upper division courses during the first 60 units, but for those who have the minimum Simon Fraser University grade point average required to access upper division ECON courses, the following exceptions are permitted.

Students who earn a grade of A- or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in ECON 201 may enroll in ECON 302 and 305, and all courses for which they have satisfied the prerequisites, once 30 units is completed.

Students who earn an A- grade or better at Simon Fraser University on their first attempt in BUS 232 or STAT 270 may enroll for ECON 333 once they have completed 30 units. These upper division courses will count towards Department of Economics and Simon Fraser University upper division requirements. See ECON course descriptions for access information.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.