Fall 2022 - ECON 105 D200

Principles of Macroeconomics (4)

Class Number: 3772

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby



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.


This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of macroeconomics. These include, among others: growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, aggregate supply and demand, business cycles, international trade, and exchange rates. These issues will be analyzed in this course both through basic macroeconomic models and through illustrative examples from the experience of the Canadian economy.

By the end of these course, students will gain a general understanding of macroeconomics as a scientific and relevant discipline, including but not limited to the role of models in analyzing complex phenomena.


  • Economic Issues and Concepts
  • An Introduction to Macroeconomics and National Income Measurement
  • The Economy in the Short Run
  • The Economy in the Long Run
  • Money, Banking, Prices, and Monetary Policy
  • Problems and Policies: Inflation, Unemployment, Government Debt
  • Canada in the Global Economy: International Trade and Exchange Rates



Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:


  1. State the definitions of basic macroeconomic variables and concepts: GDP, growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rate; equilibrium, real, nominal, recession, business cycle, and describe how those variables are measured.
  2. Explain the effects of a change in economic environment, like change in policy or unexpected shock, on the aggregate demand and supply sides of the economy.
  3. Describe the functions of money in an economy and the role played by the central banks and banking system to determine money supply.
  4. Distinguish short-run and long-run differences in relations between economic variables.
  5. Follow, understand and contribute to the public discussion on the recent macroeconomic problems such as inflation, recession, stagflation, monetary policy and unemployment.



  • Quizzes 20%
  • Midterm 35%
  • Final Exam 45%



Macroeconomics, 17th Canadian Edition, Pearson, 2023. (Ragan, Christopher T.S.). (etext only, MyLab is not required) (16th Canadian Edition[online or print] is also accepted)


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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