Economics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Economics Summer 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 103: Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (3 Credits)

Introduces microeconomics in the context of current problems. Explores how market mechanism allocates scarce resources among competing uses; uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems. May not be repeated for credit.
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ECON 104: Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (3 Credits)

Introduces macroeconomics in the context of current problems. National income analysis, money and banking, economic growth and stability, unemployment, inflation, and role of government. Equivalent to MSU 106.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 306: Intermediate Microeconomics (3 Credits)

Basic factors of price and distribution theory: analysis of demand, costs of production and supply relationships, and price and output determination under various market structures. Equivalent to MSU 302.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 and MATH 108 or 113.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 308: Managerial Economics and Strategy (3 Credits)

Analysis of major strategic business situations including pricing strategy, incentives and contracts, game theory, and vertical and horizontal integration. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 309: Economic Problems and Public Policies (3 Credits)

Economic problems in light of current and proposed public policies. Topics include environmental issues, international trade policies, and regulatory issues and their historical roots. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 100 or 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 310: Money and Banking (3 Credits)

Monetary, commercial, and central banking systems, with particular emphasis on their relationship with American government programs, fiscal policies, and controls. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103, 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ECON 311: Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 Credits)

Aggregate economic accounts, including measuring national income; determinants of levels of income and output; and causes and solutions for problems of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. Equivalent to MSU 304.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 345: Introduction to Econometrics (3 Credits)

Modern statistical techniques in estimating economic relations. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (ECON 306D and 311D) and (STAT 250D and 350D or STAT L350) or (STAT 344D and 354D).
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 360: Economics of Developing Areas (3 Credits)

Economic growth characteristic of developing countries. Economic development, obstacles to development, policies, and planning. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 374: Health Economics (3 Credits)

Microeconomic analysis of health and medicine. Topics include the determinants of health, health externalities, health insurance, the health effects of medicine, the supply and demand of medicine, medical quality and regulation, and information asymmetries. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and ECON 104 or permission of instructor.
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ECON 380: Economies in Transition (3 Credits)

Examines problems and achievements of formerly communist and socialist countries including China, Eastern European countries, and Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union as they transition to more market-oriented economies. Includes market economics and central planning. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 385: International Economic Policy (3 Credits)

Introduces economic way of thinking on trade and international finance. Presents historical and current information on consequences of trade and protectionism. Notes: May not be applied toward the elective course requirement needed for a major or minor in economics. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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400-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 403: Austrian Economics (3 Credits)

Microeconomic and macroeconomic models and misallocation of resources. Alternative economic tools from noted Austrian economists. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306 and 311.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 412: Game Theory and Economics of Institutions (3 Credits)

Introduces game theory and its relevance for analyzing framework of rules and institutions within which economic processes occur. Applies game theoretical concepts to comparative analysis of causes and effects of alternative institutional arrangements. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 494: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar (3 Credits)

Develops skills in finding and evaluating sources, oral presentation, and academic writing. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research Associated
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 306 and 311, an overall GPA of 3.5, and permission from the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ECON 498: Internship (3-6 Credits)

Students find economics-related internship with assistance from Career Services. Pre-internship proposal and final reflections paper required. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 upper-level hours in economics, Junior standing, and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in ECON

ECON 365: Topics in Economic History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Possible topics include ancient, medieval, modern European, and American economic history, using econometric analysis as necessary. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ECON 496: Special Topics in Economics (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Subject matter varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

Graduate

600-Level Courses in ECON

ECON 695: Special Topics in Economics (3 Credits)

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ECON

ECON 695: Special Topics in Economics (3 Credits)

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ECON 895: Special Topics in Economics (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Topics vary according to interests of instructor. Emphasizes new areas of discipline. Equivalent to GGS 525.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture