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Political Science and Economics Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

This program explores the fields of political science and economics, and develops an appreciation of the ways in which economic and political phenomena condition and interact in the modern world. Consult advisors in both departments.

Admission Requirements

Economics Admission Requirements

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

The economics 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 who are not accepted upon initial application may reapply.

Continuation in Economics Program

To continue in an economics program, students must maintain a 2.0 CGPA.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Political Science Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 22 units, including one of

POL 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. POL 101W is the Writing certified version of POL 100 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 TBD
D101 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. Explores the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process. This course is identical to POL 100 and students may not take both courses for credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

and all of

POL 221 - Introduction to Canadian Government (3)

An introduction to the institutional order and political structure of the Canadian state. The course will include topics such as the constitution, parliament, cabinet, judiciary, public service and federal-provincial relations. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Heard
TBD
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
POL 222 - Introduction to Canadian Politics (3)

An introduction to the social and participatory basis of Canadian politics, covering topics such as political culture, regionalism and other political divisions, political parties, elections, interest groups and new social movements. Prerequisite: POL 100 or 101W or 151 or permission of department.

and one 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, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with BUS 232. Students with credit for BUEC 232 or ECON 233 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Flostrand
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Cleusa Yamamoto
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 Tu 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP02 Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP03 Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP04 Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP05 TBD
OP06 TBD
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economics Data and Statistics (4)

Introduces statistical methods, concepts and their application to economic data using both spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and a specialized statistical programming language such as R. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with ECON 233. Students who have taken ECON 333 first may not then take this course for further credit. STAT 270 or BUS 232 will be accepted in lieu of this course.

POL 201 - Introductory Quantitative Methods in Political Science (4) *

Introduces quantitative research techniques in political science. Introduces important analytical and conceptual skills necessary to understand and evaluate quantitative political science research. Corequisite: POL 200W or permission of department. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Sessional
Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and six lower division units in political science.

* recommended

Lower Division Economics Requirements

Prior to admission to this joint major program, students complete, with a grade of at least C-, all of

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 Sessional
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D117 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D118 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Sessional
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D202 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D203 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D204 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D205 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
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D206 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
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D207 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
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D208 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D209 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D210 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
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D211 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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D212 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
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D213 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
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D214 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
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D215 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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D216 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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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 Sessional
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D117 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D118 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Sessional
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
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D202 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
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D203 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D204 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D205 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D206 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
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D207 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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D208 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
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D209 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D210 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
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D211 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
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D212 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
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D213 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
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D214 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
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D215 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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D216 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
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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, with a minimum grade of C-; MATH 157 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for ECON 301 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joshua Boitnott
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

Students also complete one 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, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with BUS 232. Students with credit for BUEC 232 or ECON 233 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Flostrand
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Cleusa Yamamoto
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 Tu 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP02 Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP03 Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP04 Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP05 TBD
OP06 TBD
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economics Data and Statistics (4)

Introduces statistical methods, concepts and their application to economic data using both spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and a specialized statistical programming language such as R. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with ECON 233. Students who have taken ECON 333 first may not then take this course for further credit. STAT 270 or BUS 232 will be accepted in lieu of this course.

and both of

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D202 Mo, We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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 Political Science Requirements

Students complete a total of 24 units, including a minimum of eight units chosen from

POL 313 - Political Ideologies (4)

Discussion of the major political ideologies in western political systems: liberalism, conservatism, the new right, socialism and social democracy, feminism and environmentalism. Emphasis is placed on their conceptual foundations and contemporary expressions. Prerequisite: POL 210 or 312 or permission of the department.

POL 321 - The Canadian Federal System (4)

Development of the federal system including topics such as the division of powers, parties, federal-provincial relations and theories of federalism. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
POL 342 - Developing Countries in Global Politics (4)

Problems arising from the disparities in power and wealth between the highly industrialized countries of Europe and North America, and the under-industrialized countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 James Busumtwi-sam
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
POL 343 - Global Political Economy (4)

An introduction to the study of the international political economy, with an emphasis on the interaction between the state and markets, and the basic political-institutional relationships of trade, money and finance, international investment, foreign debt and foreign aid. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 354 - Comparative Metropolitan Governance (4)

A comparative analysis of regional metropolitan governance in Canada and selected other jurisdictions (such as the USA, UK, etc.). The course involves an examination of major policy dilemmas in urban development, and of the local, regional and senior intergovernmental relations within which much of the public policy making in metropolitan settings takes place. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 359 - Selected Topics in Governance (4)

Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 447 - Theories of Global Political Economy (4)

An examination of the major theories of international political economy, and their application to such issues as the politics of trade, aid, monetary relations, and transnational corporations. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 451 - Public Policy Analysis (4)

Examines the conceptual, philosophical and practical aspects of public policy analysis as it is conducted in government, universities, interest groups and policy research institutes. Specific attention is paid to the question of the role of policy research in the process of public policy making and the design of government programs and services. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department. Students with credit for POL 451W may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

POL 454 - Urban Public Policy Making (4)

This course will link differing theoretical perspectives and concepts currently used in public policy studies to an understanding of public policy making in urban governance. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 455 - States and Markets (4)

Survey of the concepts and theoretical approaches, from Adam Smith's political economy to contemporary paradigms, used to understand the role and place of state institutions In a market economy and of the criteria that are used to design and implement economic and social policies. Particular attention is paid to the philosophical and normative questions that are raised by such an analysis. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 457W - Technology and Innovation Policy (4)

Examines challenges posed by the development of new technologies and the controversies associated with innovation policy. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department. Students with credit for POL 457 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

POL 458 - Selected Topics in Local and Urban Governance (4)

Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

POL 459 - Selected Topics in Governance (4)

Prerequisite: Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

The remaining 16 units may be chosen from IS and/or ISPO and/or POL upper division courses.

Upper Division Economics Requirements

Students complete a total of at least 25 units, including all of

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, with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Thomas Vigie
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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, 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. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Luba Petersen
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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, ECON 233 or BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270, MATH 157, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 can take ECON 333 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll based on their ECON 233, 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 Sessional
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

and at least one 400 division ECON (excluding ECON 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 ECON 233 or 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.

Concentration in Economic Data Analysis

Students qualify for this concentration by completing six required courses of which at least four must be ECON courses.

Students complete

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, ECON 233 or BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270, MATH 157, all with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with a minimum grade of A- in ECON 233, BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270 can take ECON 333 after 30 units. Students seeking permission to enroll based on their ECON 233, 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 Sessional
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

one 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, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with BUS 232. Students with credit for BUEC 232 or ECON 233 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Flostrand
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D200 Cleusa Yamamoto
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 Tu 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP02 Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP03 Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP04 Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP05 TBD
OP06 TBD
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economics Data and Statistics (4)

Introduces statistical methods, concepts and their application to economic data using both spreadsheets (e.g., Excel) and a specialized statistical programming language such as R. Prerequisite: MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157, with a minimum grade of C-; 15 units. MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157 may be taken concurrently with ECON 233. Students who have taken ECON 333 first may not then take this course for further credit. STAT 270 or BUS 232 will be accepted in lieu of this course.

STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Basic laws of probability, sample distributions. Introduction to statistical inference and applications. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 or 158, with a minimum grade of C-. Students wishing an intuitive appreciation of a broad range of statistical strategies may wish to take STAT 100 first. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Pai
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

and at least four of

CMPT 129 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming for Mathematics and Statistics (3)

A second course in computing science and programming intended for students studying mathematics, statistics or actuarial science and suitable for students who already have some background in computing science and programming. Topics include: a review of the basic elements of programming: use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; fundamental algorithms and problem solving; basic object-oriented programming and software design; computation and computability and specification and program correctness. Prerequisite: CMPT 102 or CMPT 120, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMPT 125 or 135 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

ECON 334 - Data Visualization and Economic Analysis (3)

Explores how to recognize and learn from patterns in data using modern statistical software for the purpose of economic analysis. Introduces students to techniques for managing, visualizing, and analyzing data to answer real-world economic questions. Prerequisite: ECON 233 or BUS 232 or STAT 270 or POL 201, ECON 103 or ECON 105, all with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for POL 390, STAT 341, or STAT 452 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ECON 387 under the title "Applied Data Analysis" may not take this course for further credit.

ECON 335 - Introduction to Casual Inference and Policy Evaluation (3)

Provides an introduction to statistical methods used to analyze causal questions and evaluate policies. Discusses various approaches to drawing causal inferences from observational data. Corequisite: ECON 333. Students who have taken ECON 480 first may not then take this course for further credit.

ECON 428 - Seminar in Experimental and Behavioural Economics (3)

This is a seminar course covering topics in behavioural and experimental economics, and their implications for economic, business, markets, and policy. Prerequisite: ECON 302, ECON 305, both with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

ECON 433 - Financial and Time Series Econometrics (3)

Introduction to econometric methods used to analyze univariate and multivariate time series data. Topics covered may include modeling and forecasting financial and macroeconomic data such as asset returns and volatility. GDP growth rates and default risk. All methods and concepts will be applied to analyze real data using appropriate computer programs. Prerequisite: ECON 333 and ECON 305, with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Students with credit for ECON 484 under the title "Time Series Analysis" cannot take this course for further credit.

ECON 435 - Econometric Methods (5)

The application of econometric techniques to the empirical investigation of economic issues. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301 and ECON (or BUEC) 333, all with a minimum grade of C-. Entry into this course requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

ECON 480 - Seminar in the Economics of Labor Market Policy (3)

Seminar focusing on public policy as it relates to employment and income security. Special emphasis will vary from term to term, but may include such topics as examinations of current manpower, welfare and public insurance programs, labor legislation, and private institutional practices (such as union-management pension arrangements) that may affect income security. Prerequisite: ECON (or BUEC) 333 with a minimum grade of C-.

STAT 260 - Introductory R for Data Science (2)

An introduction to the R programming language for data science. Exploring data: visualization, transformation and summaries. Data wrangling: reading, tidying, and data types. No prior computer programming experience required. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUS 232, or POL 201, with a grade of at least C- or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: STAT 261. Students who have taken STAT 341 or STAT 360 first may not then take this course for further credit.

STAT 310 - Introduction to Data Science for the Social Sciences (2) *

An introduction to modern tools and methods for data acquisition, management, visualization, and machine learning, capable of scaling to Big Data. No prior computer programming experience required. Examples will draw from the social sciences. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the Statistics honours, major, or minor programs. Prerequisite: 60 units in subjects outside of the Faculties of Science and Applied Science and one of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUEC 232, or POL 201, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: STAT 311. Students who have taken STAT 240, STAT 440, or any 200-level or higher CMPT course first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

STAT 311 - Data Science Laboratory for the Social Sciences (2) *

A hands-on application of modern tools and methods for data acquisition, management, visualization, and machine learning, capable of scaling to Big Data. No prior computer programming experience required. Projects will draw from the social sciences and integrate application area insight into the analytic toolkit from STAT 310. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the Statistics honours, major, or minor programs. Prerequisite: 60 units in subjects outside of the Faculties of Science and Applied Science and one of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, BUEC 232, or POL 201, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: STAT 310. Students who have taken STAT 240, STAT 440, or any 200-level or higher CMPT course first may not then take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

STAT 342 - Introduction to Statistical Computing and Exploratory Data Analysis - SAS (2)

Introduces the SAS statistical package. Data management; reading, editing and storing statistical data; data exploration and representation; summarizing data with tables, graphs and other statistical tools; and data simulation. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for STAT 340 may not take STAT 342 for further credit.

STAT 440 - Learning from Big Data (3) +

A data-first discovery of advanced statistical methods. Focus will be on a series of forecasting and prediction competitions, each based on a large real-world dataset. Additionally, practical tools for statistical modeling in real-world environments will be explored. Prerequisite: 90 units including STAT 350 with a minimum grade of C- and one of STAT 341, STAT 260, or CMPT 225, with a minimum grade of C-, or instructor approval. STAT 240 is also recommended.

STAT 475 - Applied Discrete Data Analysis (3) *

Introduction to standard methodology for analyzing categorical data including chi-squared tests for two- and multi-way contingency tables, logistic regression, and loglinear (Poisson) regression. Prerequisite: STAT 302 or STAT 305 or STAT 350 or BUEC 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for the former STAT 402 or 602 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

STAT 485 - Applied Time Series Analysis (3) *

Introduction to linear time series analysis including moving average, autoregressive and ARIMA models, estimation, data analysis, forecasting errors and confidence intervals, conditional and unconditional models, and seasonal models. Prerequisite: STAT 285 or STAT 302 or STAT 305 or BUEC 333 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This course may not be taken for further credit by students who have credit for ECON 484. Quantitative.

Other courses with appropriate content can be used for credit upon prior application to the advisor.

* Allows ECON 333 as prerequisite

+ Requires STAT 341 or STAT 342 as prerequisite

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 minimum CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0 across all units attempted in each subject that is a major, a joint major, a minor, or an extended minor. FASS Departments may define specific requirements for their respective programs.

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.