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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 six courses, including

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. Students with credit for POL 101W may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sanjay Jeram
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
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 151 or permission of department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Heard
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SRYC 5060, Surrey
D102 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYC 5060, Surrey
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 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 Chehra Aboukinane
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D200 Andrew Flostrand
We, Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
OP01 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP05 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economic 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.

and at least two additional lower division courses 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 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D104 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D105 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D106 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D107 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D108 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D113 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D118 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D119 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D120 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
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
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D105 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D107 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D110 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D113 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D118 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D119 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D120 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D900 Seong Choi
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2740, 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, 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 Kevin Wainwright
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D108 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D110 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D111 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D112 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D113 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D114 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, 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 Stephen Choi
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3520, 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 Chehra Aboukinane
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D200 Andrew Flostrand
We, Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
OP01 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP05 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economic 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
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D101 Mo, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D200 Sepideh Fotovatian
Thomas Vigie
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D201 Mo, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D202 Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5035, 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 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.

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 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anil Hira
We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
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 with a minimum grade of C-; 60 units. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Thomas Vigie
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D105 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D106 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2522, Burnaby
D107 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2501, 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 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 Joshua Boitnott
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D104 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D109 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D110 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3251, 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, ECON 105, 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 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D102 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D105 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D106 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D109 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5118, 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, ECON 105, 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 Vasyl Golovetskyy
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D102 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D105 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D106 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D109 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5118, 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 Chehra Aboukinane
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D200 Andrew Flostrand
We, Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 5140, Surrey
OP01 We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP03 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2303, Burnaby
OP05 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
OP06 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3300, Surrey
ECON 233 - Introduction to Economic 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 Jinko Graham
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
OL01 Distance Education
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 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-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jane Friesen
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
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, BUS 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, BUS 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 ECON 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 ECON 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 ECON 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 60 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.