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EC302 Economics 302: Intermediate Macroeconomics

Developed by Professor Luis de Araujo. Economics 302 online is an intermediate level course in macroeconomics. The objective of the course is to introduce students to facts and models that will help them improve their understanding of fundamental macroeconomic and public policy issues regarding inflation, unemployment, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policies. By the end of the course, students will be able to develop arguments and answers to questions like: What are the causes of unemployment? What makes the price level change over time? Why do economies face recessions and can the government do something to avoid or minimize them? What caused the great recession of 2007-2009 and which policies were implemented to deal with the crisis?  

Major concepts covered in the course include business cycles and economic growth, monetary and fiscal policy, models of aggregate demand and supply, the relation between inflation and unemployment, time-consistency of policies, conventional and unconventional policies, the great recession of 2007-2009 and its aftermath.

This is a technical course that intensively uses concepts of supply and demand and equilibrium.  The on-line version delivers the same material as one would find in a conventional class.  Most of the material is presented in “lecture” style.  In addition, the course includes a variety of web-based resources.

Exam Policy

All exams will be administered via D2L using a lockdown browser and remote proctoring service. Students must have access to a webcam and microphone. The system is compatible with Windows (10, 8, 7), Mac (MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10), and iPad (iOS 11.0+). The system is not compatible with Chromebooks. Alternate arrangements must be approved by the instructor within the first week of the course.


Michigan State University Department of Economics