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Minor Economics (18 credits)

Offered by: Economics     Degree: Bachelor of Engineering

Program Requirements

Minor Adviser: Faculty Student Adviser in the Engineering Student Centre (Frank Dawson Adams Building, Room 22)

Program credit weight: 18 credits

This Minor consists of 18 credits of required and complementary courses given in the Economics Department. In addition, it is presumed that all Engineering students will have a sufficient background in statistics. Engineering Economy, MIME 310, does not form part of this Minor. Engineering students who want to complete a minor in economics are required to complete the following program rather than one of the minor concentrations offered by the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts section of this publication, unless they have obtained permission from the Faculty of Engineering.

All courses in the Minor must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses

9 credits

  • ECON 209 Macroeconomic Analysis and Applications (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A university-level introduction to national income determination, money and banking, inflation, unemployment and economic policy.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Paul Dickinson (Fall) Paul Dickinson, Mayssun El-Attar Vilalta (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 330 or ECON 352
  • ECON 230D1 Microeconomic Theory (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The introductory course for Economics Major students in microeconomic theory. In depth and critical presentation of the theory of consumer behaviour, theory of production and cost curves, theory of the firm, theory of distribution, welfare economics and the theory of general equilibrium.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: James Engle-Warnick, Fabian Lange (Fall)

    • Students must register for both ECON 230D1 and ECON 230D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 230D1 and ECON 230D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ECON 230D2 Microeconomic Theory (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : See ECON 230D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: John C Kurien, James Engle-Warnick (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 230D1 and ECON 230D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

* This requirement is waived for students who choose ECON 330D1/ECON 330D2 from the list of complementary courses. Students may not take both ECON 209 and ECON 330D1/ ECON 330D2.

** Students may, with consent of instructor, take ECON 250D1/ ECON 250D2 Introduction to Economic Theory: Honours, in place of ECON 230D1/ECON 230D2.

Complementary Courses

9 credits from:

  • ECON 225 Economics of the Environment (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A study of the application of economic theory to questions of environmental policy. Particular attention will be given to the measurement and regulation of pollution, congestion and waste and other environmental aspects of specific economies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-325 or 154-425
  • ECON 303 Canadian Economic Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Major theories of how economic policy is made and goes on to use economic tools of analysis to investigate selected policy problems of current interest.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 303D1/D2 or ECON 403.
  • ECON 305 Industrial Organization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course analyzes the structure, conduct, and performance of industries, particularly but not exclusively in Canada. Topics include effects of mergers, barriers to entry, product line and promotion policies, vertical integration, and R & D policies of firms.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Christopher Green (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 305
  • ECON 308 Governmental Policy Towards Business (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Covers the major public policies toward business in Canada, such as competition policy, regulation, public ownership and privatization, industrial policies, and trade policies. Includes comparison with policies of other countries, especially the U.S. Readings will include some legal decisions.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Christopher Green (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-305D
  • ECON 311 United States Economic Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A survey of economic growth and institutional change in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the use of analytical methods and categories and theories economists have developed for such studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 313 Economic Development 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Microeconomic theories of economic development and empirical evidence on population, labour, firms, poverty. Inequality and environment.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Sonia Laszlo, Matthieu Chemin (Fall) John C Kurien (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 208 and either ECON 209 or one development course.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-313D.
  • ECON 314 Economic Development 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Macroeconomic development issues, including theories of growth, public finance, debt, currency crises, corruption, structural adjustment, democracy and global economic organization.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Tzvetana Rakovski (Fall) Tzvetana Rakovski (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 313
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 154-313D
  • ECON 316 The Underground Economy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The origins, structure and operation of the "underground" sectors of modern economies around the world. Topics include the causes of black marketeering in Western economies; international contraband trade in guns and drugs; money laundering through the world financial system.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Robin Thomas Naylor (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 326 Ecological Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Macroeconomic and structural aspects of the ecological crisis. A course in which subjects discussed include the conflict between economic growth and the laws of thermodynamics; the search for alternative economic indicators; the fossil fuels crisis; and "green'' fiscal policy.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Robin Thomas Naylor (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or consent of instructor
  • ECON 330D1 Macroeconomic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A review of basic economic concepts and tools with an in depth and critical presentation of the fundamental areas of macroeconomic theory. Topics include: the determination of output, employment and price level; money and banking and business cycles; stabilization policy; international finance and growth theory.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Daniel Barczyk, Jagdish Handa (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250. If a student has already taken 154-200 or 154-203 and 154-204 or ECON 208 and ECON 209, it may be concurrently taken with ECON 230 with the permission of the instructor
    • Students must register for both ECON 330D1 and ECON 330D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 330D1 and ECON 330D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ECON 330D2 Macroeconomic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : See ECON 330D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Markus Poschke, Jagdish Handa (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 330D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ECON 330D1 and ECON 330D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ECON 331 Economic Development: Russia and USSR (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Introduction to Russian and former Soviet economic development, structure, planning, management and performance. The former Soviet economy, attempted reforms, and the collapse of the U.S.S.R.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 335 The Japanese Economy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The first part of the course covers the economic institutions in, changing structure of, and public policies employed by the Japanese economy. The second part probes the economic "logic" of the Japanese capitalist system, explores its relationship to the ideas of Joseph Schumpeter, and makes comparisons with the American economy.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: John C Kurien (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 337 Introductory Econometrics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The practical application of quantitative methods in statistical investigations.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: a grade of 65% or better in ECON 227 or ECON 257 or an equivalent qualification in statistics. Familiarity with matrix algebra is highly recommended.
  • ECON 344 Industrial Revolution and Economic Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : This course examines the processes of industrialization in Europe, and its impact on growth and development in selected European and other countries. Topics include technological advancements, demographic changes, urbanization, and economic crises.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Philip Slavin (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 345 The International Economy since 1914 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Studies the history of economic adjustments in the 20th century, with particular reference to the industrialized countries. Topics include: the economic impact of WWI, the attempts to revive the international economy in the 1920s, the causes and consequences of the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the economic problems and subsequent economic boom following WWII.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209, or MGCR 293 and ECON 295, or ECON 230D1/D2, or ECON 250D1/D2
  • ECON 347 Economics of Climate Change (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course focuses on the economic implications of, and problems posed by, predictions of global warming due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Attention is given to economic policies such as carbon taxes and tradeable emission permits and to the problems of displacing fossil fuels with new energy technologies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Isabel Galiana (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • ECON 348 Urban Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Economic explanations for the rise of cities; their economic benefits and externalities. Economic challenges to cities in the modern context. Examination of municipal policies and of economic, legal and political constraints on cities.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ECON 208.
    • Restriction: For U2 or U3 students only.
  • ECON 405 Natural Resource Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Topics include: Malthusian and Ricardian Scarcity; optimal depletion of renewable and non-renewable resources; exploration, risk and industry structure, and current resources, rent and taxation. Current public policies applied to the resource industries, particularly those of a regulatory nature.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ngo Van Long (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250
  • ECON 406 Topics in Economic Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Selected policy issues are investigated using economic theory. For details on topics covered in the current year, consult the instructor.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Christopher T S Ragan (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 230 or ECON 250 and one of ECON 227, ECON 257
  • ECON 408 Public Sector Economics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Theoretical and empirical economic analysis of the public sector with an emphasis on public goods and government spending. Study of Canadian institutions in international perspective.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Dina Tasneem (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230D1/D2 or 250D1/D2 or permission of the instructor.
    • Not open to students who have already completed ECON 408D1/D2.
  • ECON 409 Public Sector Economics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Theoretical and empirical economic analysis of the public sector with an emphasis on taxation. Study of Canadian institutions in international perspective.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ECON 408 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 408D1/D2
  • ECON 411 Economic Development: A World Area (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : An advanced course in the economic development of a pre-designated underdeveloped country or a group of countries.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: John C Kurien (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 230 or ECON 250 and one semester of economic development
  • ECON 416 Topics in Economic Development 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : This course gives students a broad overview of the economics of developing countries. The course covers micro and macro topics, with particular emphasis on the economic analysis at the micro level.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Franque Grimard (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250 or permission of the instructor
  • ECON 420 Topics in Economic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course discusses selected topics in micro or macroeconomic theory at an advanced level. Possible topics include welfare economics, general equilibrium, theories of firms, consumer behaviour, intertemporal choice, uncertainty, game theory, etc.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Christopher Green (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250
  • ECON 426 Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The determinants of labour supply, demand and the structure of earnings are considered. The economic effects of government policies, such as minimum wage laws, unemployment insurance, welfare and training programs and subsidies to higher education are analyzed. A rigorous theoretical and "hands on'' empirical approach is emphasized.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Sonia Laszlo (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230D1/D2 or ECON 250D1/D2 or ECON 306D1/D2.
  • ECON 434 Current Economic Problems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A discussion of contemporary economic problems. Topics will reflect economic issues of current interest.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250.
    • Corequisite: ECON 330 or ECON 352
  • ECON 440 Health Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The organization and performance of Canada's health care system are examined from an economist's perspective. The system is described and its special features analyzed. Much attention is given to the role of government in the system and to financing arrangements for hospital and medical services. Current financial problems are discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Erin Strumpf (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 227 or comparable courses or consent of the instructor
  • ECON 447 Economics of Information and Uncertainty (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : This course considers how uncertainty can be incorporated into the standard model of consumer and producer choice central to explaining or analysing a number of different economic phenomena. Topics include the information approach to explaining unemployment and problems in controlling health care costs.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250
  • ECON 468 Econometrics 1 - Honours (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The statistical basis of econometric modelling and treatment of the linear regression model; simple time series models; procedures for inference in linear cases; an introduction to methods for dealing with endogeneity and non-constant variance.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Russell Davidson (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): ECON 257D1/D2 or permission of the instructor.
    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 467D1/D2
  • ECON 469 Econometrics 2 - Honours (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Treatment of asymptotic theory and classical inferential procedures, an introduction to the bootstrap, maximum likelihood, non-linear models, mis-specification testing, non-stationarity and limited dependent variable models.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Mayssun El-Attar Vilalta (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 468
    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken or are taking ECON 467D1/D2
  • ECON 525 Project Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A course in cost benefit analysis for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to advanced undergraduate students. Prerequisite: ECON 250, ECON 352 or equivalent
  • ECON 546 Game Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : This course introduces students to game theory, the branch of the social sciences that focuses on the formal modelling and analysis of human interactions and strategic behaviour. Basic concepts in cooperative and non-cooperative games are applied to economic models.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Rohan Dutta (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ECON 230 or ECON 250
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON 446. Open to advanced undergraduate students

Note: Mining Engineering students are permitted to include (MIME 526) Mineral Economics among the Complementary Courses.

Faculty of Engineering—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)