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

Economics Honours

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, 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 who are not accepted upon initial application may reapply.

Continuation in Program

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

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.

Degree Requirements

All honours students must meet BA degree requirements as described in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences section. Students should fulfil Faculty requirements early in their programs and obtain broadly based backgrounds before entering upper division courses.

For a course to fulfil a prerequisite, or for a required course to be accepted in an economics honours program, students must have achieved a grade of C- or higher.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

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 Douglas Allen
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D105 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D108 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D110 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D111 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D112 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D113 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D114 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D117 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D200 Gordon Myers
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D201 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D202 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D203 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D204 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D205 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D206 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D207 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D208 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D209 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D210 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D211 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D212 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D213 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
D214 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
D215 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D216 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D217 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D218 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D219 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5100, Burnaby
D220 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D900 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5280, 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 Martin Santamaria
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D102 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D103 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D104 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D105 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D106 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D107 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D108 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D109 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D110 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
D111 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D112 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D113 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D114 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D115 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D116 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D200 Eliav Danziger
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D201 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D202 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D203 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D204 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D205 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D206 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D207 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D208 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D209 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D210 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D211 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D212 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D214 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D900 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 5280, 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 Christoph Luelfesmann
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D103 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D105 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D106 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3255, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D200 Fernando Aragon Sanchez
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D201 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D203 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D204 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D205 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D206 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D207 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D208 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D210 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5038, 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 Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D200 Natalia Kouzniak
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 5280, Surrey
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD

and 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 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D200 Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 5240, Surrey
E100 Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
OP01 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP02 Th 10:30 AM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP03 We 11:30 AM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP07 Tu 7:30 PM – 10:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP08 Th 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP09 We 6:30 PM – 10:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP10 Mo 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 2301, Burnaby
OP11 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3050, Surrey
OP12 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3050, 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 Stephen Easton
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D101 We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D102 We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D200 Gregory Harder
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D201 Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D202 Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D300 Gregory Harder
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D301 Mo, We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D302 Mo, We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D400 Gregory Harder
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
D401 Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 1691, Burnaby
D402 Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 1691, 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

In addition, students will receive credit for at least 50 upper division units in economics 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; 60 Units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steeve Mongrain
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D103 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D105 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D106 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D109 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D110 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10901, Burnaby
D111 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2120, 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 Lucas Herrenbrueck
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D103 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D104 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D105 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D106 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D107 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D108 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D110 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D112 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
ECON 331 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics (5) *

The mathematical interpretation of fundamental economic concepts; demand, supply competitive equilibrium . Application of the calculus to production and distribution theory, growth models and investment theory. Differential and difference equations in dynamic economic models. Introduction to activity analysis. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or 301; 60 units. Students with credit for MATH 232, 240 or 251 cannot complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.

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. 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. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200; ECON 105 or 205; BUS (or BUEC) 232 or STAT 270; MATH 157; 60 units. Students with credit for BUEC 333 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bertille Antoine
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D102 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D103 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D104 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D105 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D200 Xiaoting Sun
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D201 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D203 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D204 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D205 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
OP02 TBD
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. Entry into this course requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

ECON 494 - Honours Research Proposal (3)

Preparation for honours research project, including literature review, data collection, ethics approval (if necessary), and presentation of work in progress at end of term. This course is intended for students in the Honours and Joint Honours Programs. Prerequisite: ECON 302, 305 and ECON (or BUEC) 333. A minimum CGPA of 3.0.

ECON 499W - Honours Research Project (6)

Intensive work in a particular topic in the general field of Economics. Involves an extensive individual research project under the direct supervision of the instructor, who will provide guidance and critical feedback as necessary. Presentation of completed project at end of term. Prerequisite: ECON 494. Students with credit for ECON 499 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shih En Lu
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5046, Burnaby

and at least two out of the following three course options:

ECON 402 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory (4)

Advanced coverage of microeconomic theory for students intending to pursue graduate study in economics. Topics may include general equilibrium, game theory, and asymmetric information. Prerequisite: ECON 302 and 331. Students who have completed both MATH 232 and 251 may substitute these courses for ECON 331. Entry into this course requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

ECON 403 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (3)

Advanced coverage of macroeconomic theory for students intending to pursue graduate study in economics. Topics may include economic growth, business cycles, and monetary theory. Prerequisite: ECON 302, 305 and 331. Students who have completed both MATH 232 and 251 may substitute them for ECON 331. Entry into this course requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or permission of the department. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Luba Petersen
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2521, Burnaby

Two 400 division ECON courses (excluding ECON 402, 403, 431, 435)

* honours students who have successfully completed both MATH 232 and 251 need not complete ECON 331. However, at least 50 upper division units in economics must still be completed.

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 for 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 Honours Degree Requirements

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

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • students complete at least 60 upper division units, which must include at least 48 units in upper division courses in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program; no more than 15 upper division units that have been transferred from another institution can be used toward this requirement
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • students complete lower division requirements for at least one Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours program
  • students are required to achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0, and an honours program CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

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.